I’m a huge fan of the Muppet Babies and I’ve recently began doodling, so when I ran across this book I quickly snatched it assuming it was a book on how to draw the Muppet Babies! It turns out it’s not; it’s a book about your body parts, as explained by the Muppet Babies.
The book was previously owned by a child named Chelsey, who also thought it was a drawing book and scribbled on half the pages with an orange crayons. Bad Chelsey.
Regardless of the crayon markings and the lack of drawing instructions, I love this book. All the old Disney and Jim Henson books have wonderful artwork in them and I love looking at them.
I ran into a commercial for these this weekend while watching an old episode of Commander USA. Here’s the commercial I saw (and remember).
Vincent Price, naturally enough, also shilled for them.
These books are not technically Halloween-oriented, but they still make good reading for this time of year.
Alvin Schwartz terrified all of us grade school kids with his Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark books, but apparently he wasn’t satisfied with that. Mr. Schwartz also wanted to terrify the kids in kindergarten, and so he released this little tome: In A Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories. In A Dark, Dark Room is an “I Can Read” book, if you can believe that, and it has seven subtly scary stories, including “In The Graveyard” (which seems like a variation on “There Was An Old Woman All Skin and Bones” to me) and “The Green Ribbon”, which is a story about a wife with a neck problem which I’m sure we’ve all heard. It has illustrations by Dirk Zimmer, and while those illustrations are not nearly as terrifying as the ones by Stephen Gammell in Scary Stories, they are still somewhat disturbing. I still remember and fear the white monster from the cover to this day.
Most of us have probably advanced beyond “I Can Read” books by now, but if you’re looking for some good Halloween material, and you’ve already been scarred by Scary Stories, you might want to check out.
One of the main ways I celebrate Halloween is the watching of Halloween specials. I’ve seen quite a few, from Disney’s Halloween Treat (one of the earliest I can remember seeing) to Halloween and Halloween 2 (not technically specials, but pretty darn close). I haven’t seen as many as Adam Selzer and the Smart Aleck staff, though. They have apparently seen them all. Not only so, but they review them all in their ebook Smart Aleck’s Guide To Halloween Specials.
I don’t know if the Smart Aleck’s Guide to Halloween covers every Halloween special, but it covers every special I know. Disney’s Halloween Treat is in there, as is Witches Night Out and even Mr. Boogedy and Bride of Boogedy. There were also dozens I’ve never heard of, as you can see in the table of contents below. I was inspired to watch several of these after reading the book, including The Halloween That Almost Wasn’t, and I’m still looking for The Midnight Hour.
Just a partial list.
The Smart Aleck’s Guide to Halloween is a cheap $1.99 at Amazon.com. It is an ebook based on a blog, which is a con to some, but a pro to an ebook writer and lover like me. I encourage you to give it a chance. Not only is it a great way to get a quick taste of these specials and this season, but it might clue you in to some specials you have missed.