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Kiddo’s Corner Reviews + Giveaway: Workman Publishing “In the Spirit” Blog Tour

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Kiddo’s Corner Reviews is my new feature here at The Overstuffed Bookcase, where my 7-year-old son reviews children’s books! Go here to find out more.

FTC DISCLAIMER: We received copies of these books from the publisher in exchange for our honest review. We were not compensated in any other way for this review.

Hi everyone! Today we have something a little different. Instead of a typical Kiddo’s Corner Review, we’re participating in Workman Publishing’s “In the Spirit” Halloween Blog Tour! Workman Publishing sent us 5 Halloween-themed books for kids, and we’ll be reviewing those books. Plus we’ve got a giveaway!

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About the Books

book cover for EEK! Halloween! by Sandra BoyntonEEK! Halloween! by Sandra Boynton | August 23, 2016 | $6.95 | 24 pages | Ages 0-4
It starts with an uh-oh—the chickens are nervous! Strange things are happening. One chicken saw a pumpkin with flickering eyes, another spied a mouse of enormous size. They all saw a wizard and a witch, and a spooky robot. “WHAT’S GOING ON HERE? WHAT DOES IT MEAN? / Relax, silly chickens! It’s HALLOWEEN!”

book cover for Papertoy Glowbots by Brian CastlefortePapertoy Glowbots by Brian Castleforte | August 23, 2016 | 196 Pages | Ages 9&up
Origami meets amazing creatures in a book of paper craft fun! Papertoy Glowbots introduces 46 robots that have the added cool factor of lighting up, whether using glow-in-the-dark stickers that come with the book or light sources like flashlights, Christmas tree lights, and electric tea lights.

book cover for Frightlopedia by Julie WinterbottomFrightlopedia by Julie Winterbottom | August 23, 2016 | 224 Pages | Ages 8&up
Combining fact, fiction, and hands-on activities, Frightlopedia is an illustrated A-Z collection of some of the world’s most frightening places, scariest stories, and gruesomest creatures, both real and imagined.

book cover for Oh, Ick! by Joy MasoffOh, Ick!: 114 Science Experiments Guaranteed to Gross You Out! | November 1, 2016 | Ages 8&up
By Joy Masoff with Jessica Garrett and Ben Ligon
Featuring 114 interactive experiments and ick-tivities, Oh, Ick! delves into the science behind everything disgusting. Stage an Ooze Olympics to demonstrate viscosity and the nature of slime. Observe how fungi grow by making a Mold Zoo. Embark on an Insect Safari to get to know the creepy crawlies around your home. And learn what causes that embarrassing acne on your face by baking a Pimple Cake to pop—and eat. Eww!

book cover for Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods by Hal JohnsonFearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods by Hal Johnson | September 8, 2015 | Ages 8&up
Illustrated by Tom Mead
Illustrated throughout, including eight drawings printed with glow-in-the-dark ink, Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods is for every young reader who loves a good scare. The book was originally published in 1910 by William Thomas Cox and is now inspiringly retold by Hal Johnson, author of Immortal Lycanthropes. The creatures are all scales and claws, razor-sharp teeth and stealth, camouflage and single-minded nastiness. Straight out of the era of Paul Bunyan, they speak to an earlier time in American history, when the woods were indeed dark and deep and filled with mystery. The tone is smart and quirky. The illustrations have a sinewy, retro field-guide look. Read them around a campfire, if you dare.


Our Review

We decided to make a video for this review! You’ll get to actually see the Kiddo! Check it out!


The Giveaway

Giveaway Rules:

  • This giveaway is US ONLY.
  • This giveaway is for ages 13 and up only.
  • Follow the directions on the Rafflecopter below to enter.
  • One winner will receive a tote bag and one copy of each of the following books: Eek! Halloween! by Sandra Boynton, Papertoy Glowbots by Brian Castleforte, Frightlopedia by Julie Winterbottom, Oh, Ick! by Joy Masoff, and Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods by Hal Johnson.
  • The winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter.
  • The winner will be emailed, and will have 72 hours to respond, or a new winner will be selected.
  • Please see my Contest Policy and Privacy Policy pages for more info.

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Good luck to everyone who enters the giveaway! I will select a random winner soon after the giveaway period ends.

Blog Tour Lineup

Check out some of the other awesome blogs on the tour!

October 10: Lisa/A Rup Life
October 11: Jessika/Kidliterati
October 12: Jennifer/Reviews Coming at YA
October 13: Laura/Literacious
October 14: Sandie/Teen Lit Rocks
October 17: Christina/Confessions of a Book Addict
October 18: Kate/Ex Libris
October 19: Lori/Pure Imagination
       Lauren/Love is a not a Triangle
October 20: Andrea/The Overstuffed Bookcase
October 21: Katie/Mundie Kids


Thanks so much to Workman Publishing for sending us these books! They’re definitely cute Halloweenish additions to any bookish household!




  1. John Smith

    October 20, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Well , it’s not a Halloween book, but I loved “Alvin Fernald, Super-weasel,” and he does wear a cape in that, I think. Anyway, great assortment of books to win!

  2. Sarah

    October 21, 2016 at 7:22 am

    I don’t remember my fav as a kid but my son loves Little Blue Truck’s Halloween!

  3. Rhiannon

    October 23, 2016 at 10:29 am

    I loved The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury (still do).

  4. danielle hammelef

    October 23, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    As a kid i loved reading the Scary Stories books. Then to my kids, our favorite read was In a Dark Dark Wood.

  5. deanna

    October 24, 2016 at 9:37 am

    We love to read the The Berenstain Bears – Trick or Treat book.

  6. stephanie scales campbell

    October 24, 2016 at 10:04 am

    i really don’t recall a halloween book from my childhood but i did love books and my favorite was Dr Suess

  7. Nancy

    October 24, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    I liked the books Growing Pumpkins and Apple and Pumpkins.

  8. Pamela

    October 24, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    We like to read The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin by Sonali Fry.

  9. Karen Propes

    October 25, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Didn’t really have, but my Grandkids like Clifford’s Halloween

  10. Crafty Nunn

    October 26, 2016 at 5:47 am

    I did not read on as a child but I like to read Little Blue Truck’s Halloween now to the kids

  11. Jenny

    October 26, 2016 at 6:01 am

    What a great giveaway!

  12. pamela j

    October 26, 2016 at 6:21 am

    There was a book my mom used to read to us-I don’t remember the name, but I do remember-The goblins will get you if you don’t watch out!

  13. Breanna Pollard

    October 26, 2016 at 6:36 am


  14. Diana Hatch

    October 26, 2016 at 6:44 am

    I don’t really have a favorite Halloween book but love reading them with my grandkids

  15. wendy browne

    October 26, 2016 at 7:18 am

    I loved Scary Stories To Read in the Dark. Great art. My 10 month old baby Cedric loves board books, these would be perfect to put away for later.

  16. Katie Bellamy

    October 26, 2016 at 7:42 am

    It wasn’t a Halloween book, but the Sesame St book, The Monster at the End of this Book, used to freak me out! Lol!!

  17. jeani b

    October 26, 2016 at 7:47 am

    my daughter is loving ‘in a dark dark room’ and we still love ‘room on the broom’ to read every halloween. my girls are 6 years apart, so there is a big gap in the age-range of stories we read.

  18. Annmarie W.

    October 26, 2016 at 7:59 am

    I used to love the Clifford the Big Red Dog series! And I remember there being a Clifford Halloween book…and in one of the pictures he was wearing a HUGE white sheet to dress up as a ghost!

  19. Deb K

    October 26, 2016 at 11:03 am

    We don’t really have a favorite but these would be great for the grandchildren!

  20. Darlene Owen

    October 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    I love the book My First Halloween by Tomie dePaola

  21. June S.

    October 26, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    When I was much younger I do remember reading a Beezus and Ramona Halloween book with my older brother that was really good.

  22. Renee Rousseau

    October 26, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Our favorite Halloween book is Wallace and Gromit’s Monstrously Scary Joke Book. We love Wallace and Gromit and Jokes so this book is perfect!

  23. Angelica Dimeo

    October 26, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    I used to read goosebumps as a kid

  24. Jessica

    October 26, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    I used to love Goosebumps when I was younger.

  25. Angela Ingles

    October 26, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    l loved Five Little Pumpkins when I was very young.

  26. Leah Shumack

    October 26, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    The Barenstein Bears has a book about Halloween! It was one I also read to my daughter when she was younger! Now she’s asking to read Harry Potter :)

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