Tuesday, October 11, 2016

GETTING IN THE SPIRIT Workman Halloween Blog Tour & GIVEAWAY!

Eeek!!! I've been anxiously awaiting this post for a long time! If you go back and look at my past Kidliterati posts, it's no secret I'm a major fan of pretty much everything Workman Publishing releases into the world. Add awesome-amazing-children's books + Halloween and I pretty much melted into a pile of happy-creepy-gross goo with excitement! 

Workman Publishing is getting us INTO THE SPIRIT of the holiday by featuring five wonderfully boo-tiful and deliciously ghoulish books AND their doing a giveaway of all five plus extra goodies! And as a BONUS! you'll find an exclusive Halloween project straight from the pages of OH, ICK! (Hint: Eyeballs!)


👻First up is my personal favorite because when my girls took this one into the dark closet they literally shrieked over the glowing illustrations!

Fearsome 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. Goodreads

👻Anyone have a super, squishy soft spot in their heart for Sandra Boynton books? Yeah, me too.

EEK! Halloween by Sandra Boynton | August 23, 2016 | 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!” Goodreads

👻I happily admit we had WAY too much fun in our house with this next one! See my original post for photos of our homemade Paper Glowbots and my review: Papertoy Glowbots!

Papertoy 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. Goodreads

👻Next, is this creepy gem! Killer Bees? Sandbox Trees? Zombies? Capuchin Catacombs? Curious yet? You should be... 

Frightlopedia 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. Goodreads

👻And, here's the last Get in the Spirit book from Workman Publishing along with a BONUS project!

Oh, 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! Goodreads

👀As promised, from OH, ICK! a creepy science project: HOLEY HANDS & icky trivia👀

"Okay, okay . . . don’t get all worked up. We’re not going to make you cut a hole in your hand. But (together with your awesome eyeballs and brain) we can give you the ILLUSION of one." 

Materials: Piece of paper (8 1/2 x 11 inches) or an empty paper towel or toilet paper roll

1. Roll up the paper the long way, so that you have a tube that is about a half inch wide.

2. Put the tube up to your left eye, holding it with your left hand.

3. Put your right hand about ¾ of the way down the tube so that the tube rests in the curve between your thumb and pointer finger.

4. Keep both eyes open. With your left eye look through the tube, and with your right eye look at your hand—at the same time. Can you see the hole in your right hand?

5. Slide your right hand up and down the tube. Where can you see the hole best? What happens if you put your right hand far away? Your brain got two images but couldn’t make sense of them. It freaked out, so you saw both at the same time, making it look like you had a HOLE IN YOUR HAND!


"You know Albert Einstein. World’s most famous scientist. Bushy head of white hair. Big mustache. E = MC2. Well, now you can feel sorry for him too. Poor Einstein’s eyes were stolen during his autopsy (aahtop-see)—a medical study of a dead body—in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1955. Scientists really wanted to peer at the brain of the great man to see if there was a physical explanation for his genius. Creepy. But even creepier, during the autopsy his eyeballs were plucked away and given to the guy who checked Einstein’s eyesight once a year—an eye doc named Henry Abrams. Abrams walked out of the autopsy room with the great man’s eyes, then placed them in a jar in his dresser drawer for safekeeping. He kept them there for many years before moving them to a safe deposit box in a local bank. And you thought keeping a lock of someone’s hair was creepy! Abrams died in 2009. At the time this book was written, the eyeballs were still floating in that very same jar, behind lock and key in a New Jersey bank. Hopefully at some point E’s eyes will be allowed to rest in peace!"


One lucky winner will receive ALL five of these spook-tacular books plus a Workman Publishing tote bag and extra goodies! (US only) Enter below and Happy Halloween!


  1. These spook-tacular books are so much fun!!

  2. How awesome!! These books look great!!

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  4. I'm not sure which of these I am most excited about. They all seem so fun!

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    1. Hi Stephanie, depending on what device you're on, the giveaway may only show up as a small link at the bottom of the post that says "A Rafflecopter Giveaway" :)

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  6. This is such a great giveaway and perfect for Halloween :)


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