Tuesday, October 24, 2017

HERBERT'S FIRST HALLOWEEN by Cynthia Rylant / Book Review #HerbertsFirstHalloween

By: Cynthia Rylant
Illustrated by: Steven Henry
Published by: Chronicle Books
Released on: August 1st, 2017
Ages: 2 & up
Purchase from: The PublisherAmazon | B&N
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Rating: 5 Owlets
* A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review

Herbert is deeply doubtful about his first Halloween—but with a little help from his dad and a special tiger costume, Herbert might just find confidence on Halloween night. 

Together, father and son practice roaring, carve a pumpkin, and venture out in search of candy. And by the end of the night, Herbert finds his doubts have melted away. A sweet introduction to Halloween and to being brave, this book is sure to delight the youngest of trick-or-treaters.

A first Halloween must read! Halloween can be a little scary, especially if it's a child's first time experiencing trick or treating, dressing up etc. Herbert's First Halloween takes those worries, and fears, and puts them into an adorable story, with equally adorable illustrations. 

Herbert is unsure about what to except his first Halloween. He's a little anxious. Thanks to his dad's fun loving ways, Herbert realizes Halloween can be really fun and exciting. With the help of his dad, Herbert experiences carving his first pumpkin, making his first (adorable tiger) costume and even practices pretending to be a tiger. He even has fun dressing up with his dad to go trick or treating. Herbert has so much fun, he forgets that he's worried. He even knows what he's going to dress up as next Halloween.

This book is such an adorable story. With it's easy to read, and comprehend words, and down right cute illustrations, this book will help ease kids into the Halloween festivities and shows them what it's all about. A lot fun! I love that the dad's role in helping Herbert ease into Halloween traditions. Definitely worth picking up this cute story!

RUNNY BABBIT RETURNS by Shel Silverstein / Book Spotlight #RunnyBabbitReturns

Check it out Shel Silverstein fans! Harper Collins Childrens Books will be publishing Runny Babbit Returns! This never before published collection of spooky poems by Shel Silverstein is sure to be a hit with fans. Check out this sneak peak:

Per the Official Press Release we received from Harper Collins:

CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN WITH SHEL SILVERSTEIN AND RUNNY BABBIT RETURNS! HarperCollins Children’s Books to Publish RUNNY BABBIT RETURNS, a Never- Before-Published Collection of Spoonerism Poems by Shel Silverstein!


New York, NY (February 8, 2017) – Today HarperCollins Children’s Books announced the publication of Runny Babbit Returns, a never-before-published book of spoonerism poems by the legendary Shel Silverstein and follow-up to the 2005 publication, Runny Babbit. Antonia Markiet, Senior Executive Editor at HarperCollins, acquired U.S. and Canada rights, and publication is scheduled for September 19, 2017.

Runny Babbit Returns takes us back to the green woods of Runny Babbit with 41 never-before-published poems and drawings. Compiled from completed but unpublished works in the Silverstein archive, this next installment encompasses beloved themes such as friendship, kindness, family, and, of course, food. The first Runny Babbit is a charming and witty collection of spoonerisms written and illustrated by Silverstein before his death and his first book published posthumously, in 2005. Filled with creative words and phrases with letters or syllables swapped (bunny rabbit becomes Runny Babbit), this poetry book follows the warm, insightful, and laugh-out-loud adventures of an endearing cast of characters. Maurice Sendak said of Runny Babbit, “I wish I had done this book!” 

Runny Babbit has sold over 770,000 copies and spent 39 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. This companion book, Runny Babbit Returns, features extraordinarily imaginative poems that embody Silverstein’s iconic humor and style, with tongue-twisting wordplay and uproarious characters. New and old readers alike won’t want to miss their chance to revisit their favorite Runny and meet even more of his woodland friends.

“We’re delighted to continue the legacy of the extraordinary Shel Silverstein, a household name for over fifty years,” said Suzanne Murphy, President and Publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books. “This never-before-published collection of poems and drawings will be cherished by readers of all ages and is a wonderful companion book to follow Runny Babbit.”

Generations have grown up with the works of Shel Silverstein, known not only as a poet and illustrator but also for his work as a cartoonist, playwright, performer, recording artist, and Grammy Award–winning songwriter. Silverstein’s children’s books have sold more than 39 million copies in the U.S. alone and have been translated into 46 foreign languages. He has encouraged children to dream and dare to imagine the impossible with his exceptional poetry and unforgettable characters. 


Shel Silverstein is the author of Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back; A Giraffe and a Half; The Giving Tree; Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros?; Don’t Bump the Glump!Where the Sidewalk EndsThe Missing PieceA Light in the AtticThe Missing Piece Meets the Big OFalling UpRunny Babbit; and Every Thing On It.  He was a cartoonist, playwright, poet, performer, recording artist, and Grammy-winning/Oscar-nominated songwriter. Shel Silverstein’s children’s books have sold more than 39 million copies in the U.S. alone and have been translated into 46 foreign languages. You can learn more about Shel and his books by visitingwww.shelsilverstein.com.


HarperCollins Children’s Books is one of the leading publishers of children’s and teen books. Respected worldwide for its tradition of publishing quality, award-winning books for young readers, HarperCollins is home to many timeless treasures and bestsellers such as Charlotte’s Web, Goodnight Moon, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Where the Wild Things Are, The Graveyard Book and series including The Chronicles of Narnia, Ramona, Warriors, Pete the Cat, Fancy Nancy, Divergent, and The Selection. Consistently at the forefront of digital innovation, HarperCollins Children’s Books delights readers through engaging storytelling in all formats, including e-books and apps. HarperCollins Children’s Books is a division of HarperCollins Publishers, which is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, has operations in 18 countries, and is a subsidiary of News Corp (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV). You can visit HarperCollins Children’s Books at www.harpercollinschildrens.com and www.epicreads.com and HarperCollins Publishers at corporate.HC.com.

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
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