Best Children’s Books About monsters and ghosts
My daughter loves monsters and ghosts. She is excited when she sees a monster or a ghost on TV or in a book. But, she also says that she is scared of them from time to time. For example, she mentioned a few days ago that she met a monster in her dream and it was very scary.
A lot of young children have an equivocal perspective on monsters and ghosts: they are scary, but it is fun to watch and hear about them. They inspire children’s curiosity. Ghosts and monsters mean something very special and interesting for children.
Herein, several recommendable books on monsters and ghosts have been selected and introduced. The books’ content can also be checked through the linked YouTube videos so that the children and their parents can view the content beforehand. Please remember that reading the real book is always the better option if possible.
The Monster at the End of this Book
(Author: Jon Stone, Illustrator: Michael Smollin, Age range: 0~3 years)
The storytelling of the book is impressive. As the pages are turned, it keeps telling the reader not to turn the page while showing remarkable pictures. It is nearly impossible to stop there. As the pages are turned, new messages keep popping up. On the last page, the reader finds out who the monster is. This book evokes the curiosity of the children.
Quit Calling Me a Monster!
(Author: Jory John, Illustrator: Bob Shea, Age range: 3~7 years)
The graphics are quite impressive. A rather cute monster keeps asking not to call him a monster. Then, he wants to be called by his name. The most impressive and catching phase in this book is, “I really don’t like being called a monster a bit. How would you like it?”. Children can think about treating others, and it can be an excellent lesson for them.
The Monster Next Door
(Author and Illustrator: David Soman, Age range: 3~5 years)
Both an ordinary boy named George and a monster named Green got bored with their daily lives and switched to the other’s daily life by moving to each other’s house. Then, they found out that their own lives were so precious and comfortable. The book has a parallel structure, and it is easy to follow. In the following YouTube video, the book is read by a cute young lady named Diya.
I Want to Be in a Scary Story
(Author: Sean Taylor, Illustrator: Jean Jullien, Age range: 2~5 years)
It is a story of a little monster who wants to be in a scary story. He visits a house in the forest as per the narrator’s suggestion, and checks inside the house. The conversation between the ghost and the narrator is quite interesting. The story is unfolded like talking to the little monster. The monster found out the story both scary and funny.
Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody
(Author and Illustrator: Michael Rex, Age range: 1~3 years)
It is a book for Halloween. It might be scary for some children, but the cartoon-like graphics are captivating. To me, the contents sounded like a poem. The words in the book have been carefully selected with similar syllables such as “And two hairy claws and a set of jaws”, “Good night mummies, good night tummies”. It is highly recommended.
(Author and Illustrator: Julia Donaldson, Age range: 3~7 years)
It is an exciting story of a mouse who is walking through woods. He meets a number of his predators who invite the mouse to eat him up. The mouse scares them away by mentioning the Gruffalo. Although the mouse thinks that Gruffalo does not exist, the Gruffalo shows up later. The little mouse is smart enough to scare away all of his predators and Gruffalo. Several animals are introduced, and the children can learn the concept of the food chain.
Monster needs a costume
(Author: Paul Czajak, Illustrator: Wendy Grieb, Age range: 2~6 years)
To celebrate a Halloween day, a monster is looking for the best costume. He considers wearing the costumes of several figures such as a cowboy, a dancer, and a ninja. The graphics are quite artistic and impressive. I believe that children will love this book a lot.
THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO WAS NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING
(Author: Linda D. Williams, Illustrator: Megan Lloyd, Age range: 4~8 years)
When a little old lady walks through a forest, she encounters several objects such as a pair of big shoes, a pair of pants, a shirt, two white gloves, a hat, and a pumpkin head. Strangely, they follow her while making strange sounds. It looks like she is not afraid of them. These objects were very depressed because they failed to scare the little old lady, but the little old lady suggested them to do something, and they finally find out what to do – a scarecrow. Great graphics and fun to read.
Where the Wild Things Are
(Author and Illustrator: Maurice Sendak, Age range: 4~8 years)
The story starts in Max’s bedroom. The room suddenly changes to a forest. Then, he travels in the ocean for more than a year. Then, he reaches an island and meets the wild monsters. He lives there as a king with them. Then, he got bored with his life on the island and comes back home (his room). In Max’s imagination, the adventure lasted for more than two years in total. But, when he comes back, the supper is still hot. Where the Wild Things are was selected as the #1 of the 100 Best Children’s Books of All Time by the magazine Time. It is the best book to expand children’s imagination. Highly Recommended