Boo! Did BookBairn scare you? Things are beginning to get spooky! As we get closer to BookBairn's first Halloween we are reading lots...

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Sunday, October 18, 2015 BookBairn Blog 2 Comments


Boo! Did BookBairn scare you?

Things are beginning to get spooky! As we get closer to BookBairn's first Halloween we are reading lots of spooky books. And first on our list is 'Boo!' (My Little World) by Jonathan Litton with art work by Fhiona Galloway. It is the most recent in a series of books that feature finger-holes for little fingers to explore.

This book is 'full of spooky surprises' (as the cover suggests) but what surprised me most was that BookBairn turned the pages easily all by herself using the die-cut finger-hole cut-outs to get a grip. What an ingenious idea! These little holes, which provide the eyes of the characters, have allowed my seven-month old to interact with a book in a whole new way whilst developing key reading skills for the future! The first time we read the story it got an immediate reaction of smiles and giggles rather than halloweeny gasps! This book is a fantastic introduction to the theme of Halloween. The illustrations use predominately orange, green, purple and black colours and feature all things halloweeny, like spiders, pumpkins, witches and ghosts, all of which have huge inviting grins and are not scary in the slightest (thank goodness! I mean, I want BookBairn to get used to Halloween but not be scared!).

The book has a very simple plot: someone is shouting 'boo' and on each page a Halloween character denies it is them, until the final page that is. Guess who? The ghost, of course! To add to the fun, the story is written in a repetitive rhyme, which as BookBairn gets older (perhaps by next Halloween?) she will be able to join in with the story. It is also a good length of story to keep little ones' attention but still manages to fit in lots of spooky Halloween characters.

The publishers, Little Tiger Press, describe the book on their website as "more trick than treat" and they are absolutely right!


Happy spooking, Mummy and BookBairn xx

2 comments:

  1. Great blog, Mummy, but Papa C wants to know how you got both BookBairn and the book in focus in the bottom photograph.

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    1. Daddy BookBairn may have helped! ;)

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