Just finished reading Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, it’s a lovely book. I loved the movie as a kid but never read the book for some reason. The movie is very different but I still love a lot about it. Both are great things.
Eric got me the book, he made sure to get a very old copy that used to belong to a library, thick cover, old smells, perfect.
I had fun posting about my favorite childhood Halloween book, so I thought I’d post a few more Halloween book recommendations!
The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury, cover art by Leo and Diane Dillon.
You may have heard of it, I only just read it, and it’s really lovely. It makes me wish I was a kid again, when it was so easy to get lost in the feeling and imagining of something, when Halloween felt really thick and vibrant and real. Oh man, how I wish I could still go trick or treating >_< !
My only qualm is that Bradbury writes about boys as if boys have the exclusive ability to get lost in fantasy and adventure, when it’s something all kids have. I didn’t know many girls who preferred to sit inside when everyone else was playing manhunt outside! My sister, cousin and I got into plenty of mischief. Running around the neighborhood like wild things (especially on Halloween) is what childhood is all about, not just boyhood.
Anyway, it’s a nice quick read full of beautiful, emotional descriptions of the Holiday that will get you into the Halloween spirit. I’ll admit, I got a little teared up reading it. And holy crap, the cover art is GORGEOUS!