Thursday, October 31, 2013

Mr. Pig's Spooky Story Picks--with a SIGNED BOOK GIVEAWAY!

It was a dark and foggy night. . . 

Count Pigula floated into the room silently. His guests gathered by the fire for a haunted hour of spooky stories.  

He pulled the first spooky book down off the Crooked Bookshelf and began. . .

“One morning I woke up sleepy,/ came downstairs to something creepy. Outside the window sat something freaky/ my eyes had never known.” 
--The Crow by Alison Paul.

Want the full list of what Mr. Pig is reading for his Haunted Halloween Story Hour? Check out his top picks from The Little Crooked Bookshelf.

TELL US YOUR FAVORITE SPOOKY STORY in the comments section below to win a SIGNED copy of SO YOU WANT TO CATCH BIGFOOT? by cottager Jamie Michalak! 

The Crow, A Not-So-Spooky Story by Alison Paul

Why it's a Pig pick: Alison Paul channels Edgar Allen Poe in this not-so-spooky tale of a child who spies something creepy out her window. Plus, the author was born on Halloween! 

Ghost In The House by Ammi-Joan Paquette; illustrated by Adam Record

Why it's a Pig pick: Cute ghost + bouncing rhyme=perfect Halloween read aloud!

Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds; illustrated by Peter Brown

Why it's a Pig pick: Aaron Reynolds puts the funny in spooky, and Peter Brown's gray-toned and orange spreads are perfection. 

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams; illustrated by Megan Lloyd

Why it's a Pig pick: As Halloween read-alouds go, there's perhaps none better. 'Clomp-clomp,' indeed!

The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitt; illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi

Why it's a Pig pick: Marvelously creepy story meets Tony DiTerlizzi's moody masterful illustrations.

Romping Monsters, Stomping Monsters by Jane Yolen; illustrated by Kelly Murphy. 

Why it's a Pig pick: Little monsters will want to get up, romp and stomp to Yolen's rhythmic text and Murphy's fetching creepy creatures.
The Teeny-Tiny Woman by Paul Galdone

Why it's a Pig pick: As if a teeny-tiny woman weren't creepy enough? This one is hearing scary noises in the night. 

The Spooky Box by Mark Gonyea

Why it's a Pig pick: A box that contains mysterious spooky things? I dare you not to open this book.

Need some spooky reading recommendations for the slightly older set? Don't worry. Mr. Pig has lots of those on the Crooked Bookshelf, too!

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Among the Dolls by William Sleator

Doll Bones by Holly Black

In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

A Tale Dark and Grim by Adam Gidwitz

The Witches by Roald Dahl

Have a safe, spooky and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Love, Count Pigula
and the Crooked Cottagers:

Screamie Michalak
Anika Demise
Scara LaReau
Kristen Creepy


  1. Without a doubt it's Coraline!!!

    1. Congratulations, Lynn! You won the spooky giveaway! Please email your mailing address to, and we'll send you a signed copy of So You Want to Catch Bigfoot? Thanks!