What I Loved: The idea of a giraffe becoming a vampire, but loving sweets is adorable! I loved that he’s a bit confused, but is never scary for a child.
How I Felt: Giracula is just a poor giraffe that was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He’s a bit sad that he can’t go back to just being a giraffe, and my daughter was sad about that. However, when he finds his new friend that can help him, my daughter was so excited and happy. It made her enjoy the book and want to read it again!
The illustrations in this book are cute and well though out. The lanky giraffe made some of the illustrations all the more fun, with his long limbs and neck, the artwork could be a bit more exaggerated.
To Read or Not To Read: This book is not scary at all, so it works well for any child. The writing is perfect for pre-k through middle elementary.
What’s This Book About Anyway?
Giracula was just a normal giraffe when a group of hungry bats bite him, turning him into a vampire giraffe. He flies off into the night and lands in front of a bakery. He’s confused, as he is taken over by an overwhelming urge for sweets! He breaks into the bakery and eats everything in sight. As he continues in this way, he is caught by the townspeople who run away in fear. All except one little girl who knows just how to make things right.
So, I’m not big into horror books because I scare easily, and I like to sleep peacefully, which I don’t do after a scary movie or book. So, instead I’m going to give you some fun kids books that I enjoy for Halloween!
This is one of our favorite Halloween books! Pookie is an adorable little piggie and he can’t quite decide what he wants to be.
If you haven’t read the Duck & Goose stories, you are missing out! Duck and Goose are a fun pair who are always finding ways to get into mischief together.
This is one of MY all-time favorite spooky kids books. We still have the copy that was mine when I was a child and we read it quite often. The illustrations are fun and the writing has some call and response repetition that makes my daughter love to answer. “Did they dare to go…” “Yes, they dared” This is said a lot, so children can say it with you when you read.
We stumbled across this book at a store, and I knew I had to have it. We have Goodnight Moon and read it a lot when the kids were a bit younger. This version is funny and has lots going on in the illustrations to keep the kids busy looking at the pictures!
I can’t possibly pick one specific Goosebumps book. These were about the scariest books I read as a kid and I still own them, which just shows you how much I loved them!