cover image Halloween ABC

Halloween ABC

Jannie Ho. Nosy Crow, $6.99 (26p) ISBN 978-0-7636-9527-9

Ho presents an alphabetical tour of all things spooky in this Halloween board book. Bright, friendly cartoons keep the mood upbeat, though low-level frights abound: the E page features four disembodied eyeballs, and a smiley mummy waves at a terrified boy representing “nightmare” on the facing M and N pages. Not every moment is a success: three pages in a row feature ghosts (ghost, haunted house, and invisible), and a monster wearing “underpants” isn’t the strongest U entry. But there are several entertaining interactions between Ho’s characters, as when a zombie makes a beeline for some “yummy” candy corn in the book’s final pages. Up to age 3. Agent: Mela Bolinao, MB Artists. (July)