cover image Little Goblins Ten

Little Goblins Ten

Pamela Jane, illus. by Jane Manning. Harper, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-176798-2

In a gently spooky spin on “Over in the Meadow” that counts up to 10, various ghouls and beasts groan, swoop, and haunt. Jane has fun playing within the nursery rhyme’s parameters, whether peeking in on a family of zombies (“ ‘Stare!’ said the mommy; ‘We stare,’ said the three”), howling werewolves (dressed in patchwork overalls), or a rattling “father skeleton/ And his little skellies eight.” Manning’s quirky and expressive monster families are 10 kinds of cute. Ages 3–7. (Aug.)