DSCN1105In terms of great Halloween children’s books, I have two favorites: Dav Pilkey’s THE HALLOWIENER and Mary Howitt’s THE SPIDER AND THE FLY, illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi.  Pilkey’s HALLOWIENER is not only hysterical, but the book puts forth messages of self-acceptance and doing the right thing.   It’s light and self-depreciating, but also authentic, in its portrayal of heroism.    (BOTH my college students and my three-year old laugh every time I read it!)  DiTerlizzi’s illustrated version of Mary Howitt’s classic poem is also an awesome, but spooky read.  Imaginative and witty, the 2002 book retelling of the poem features silent film styled illustrations.  (The spider looks uncannily like Clark Gable.)