Perfect Picture Book Friday! Enzo’s Very Scary Halloween by Garth Stein

14 Oct

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a nice not too spooky book for Halloween.

enzoEnzo’s Very Scary Halloween 
Written by Garth Stein
Illustrated by R.W. Alley
40 pages – ages 5+

Published by HarperCollins on July 26, 2016

Theme/Topic- Halloween

Genre- Realistic Fiction

Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “‘Tell us about Halloween, Daddy,’ Zoë says one fall evening. ‘But tell it the scary way!'”

Synopsis from publisher: “When Halloween comes around, Enzo doesn’t know what to expect. Jack-o’-lanterns light up the streets, giant spiders weave webs on porches, and ordinary lawns become creepy graveyards while every child and dog transforms into a creature of some kind—including Enzo!

Enzo the dragon is determined to protect fairy princess Zoë from the monsters and goblins in their neighborhood, but when things get a little too scary, his family is there to reassure him that everything is make-believe and only meant to be fun—just like the wonderful trick-or-treat parade that ends this spook-tastic night! R. W. Alley’s fantastic illustrations bring Enzo to life as he discovers the frightful fun of Halloween. “

What I Thought- I really like the Enzo books and this one is a nice addition. They are nice stories that have the innocence of a young puppy learning about a holiday. Young kids will like how Enzo misinterprets the idea of Halloween, and is very frightened because of it. The illustrations are perfect for the story, with a sweet almost-cartoon feel. Stein’s writing style is nice for read-alouds, and teachers could use this book to talk with kindergartners or preschoolers. I’ve enjoyed Stein’s middle-grade books and am finding I enjoy is picture books just as much.

Activities and Resources- has a good list of Halloween activities and resources HERE. has a list of Not-Too-Spooky Halloween activities for kids – click HERE.

Read a sample from the book at the publisher’s website HERE.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

19 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book Friday! Enzo’s Very Scary Halloween by Garth Stein”

  1. Joanna October 14, 2016 at 8:15 am #

    Aw, this does sound very sweet. After all Halloween can seem pretty scary to a little puppy (or kids!)


  2. Cathy Ballou Mealey October 14, 2016 at 8:26 am #

    Grezt cover! Of course all tne costumes and doorbell ringing could confuse a young pup!


  3. rnewman504 October 14, 2016 at 8:45 am #

    Halloween can be a scary event for some kids. Nice to see a book on this topic.


  4. Joanne Roberts October 14, 2016 at 9:03 am #

    I just bought a different book by Bob Alley. He is one of my favorite people. Thanks.


  5. Shannon O'Donnell October 14, 2016 at 10:34 am #

    This looks absolutely adorable!!


  6. Leslie Leibhardt Goodman - Writer October 14, 2016 at 10:41 am #

    What I especially love is the first sentence of the book. “…tell it the scary way.” Instantly, I’m ready to curl up on the sofa with a blanket and listen.


  7. Genevieve Petrillo October 14, 2016 at 1:37 pm #

    I feel you, Enzo! Lots of things about Halloween scare the tutu off me. Mom helps me by carrying me past the scariest things (pumpkins).

    Love and licks,


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks November 1, 2016 at 7:28 am #

      You’re right, Cupcake – Pumpkins ARE scary! But don’t worry; their insides are delicious! 😉


  8. Patricia Tilton October 14, 2016 at 2:14 pm #

    What a charming book. I love the cover and the opening of the story. Great pick for young children.


  9. Sue Heavenrich October 18, 2016 at 12:07 pm #

    aw – it looks cute. The cover, too.


  10. Diane Tulloch October 20, 2016 at 6:43 pm #

    I here ya Leslie only I want to curl up under the blankets. Halloween can be just as scary for big kids too. I love the cute cover. Thanks Erik.


  11. Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews October 24, 2016 at 11:09 am #

    This sounds adorable.


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