I know nothing better, than to curl up inside, with a warm blanket and a good book, now that the days here in Denmark are getting darker, shorter and wetter. And in honor of the Halloween spirit I would like to tell you about some of my favorite scary books. Though they really aren´t that scary - they just have certain thrill to them.
Tim Burton wrote this lovely little thing, "The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories"
The book contains 23 morbid and very short stories, almost poems. They are all poetic and beautiful, although they portrait some very strange characters. One of my favorites is probably this one;
Stick Boy and Match Girl in Love
"Stick Boy liked Match Girl,
He liked her a lot.
He liked her cute figure,
He thought she was hot.
But could a flame ever burn
For a match and a stick ?
It did quite literally;
He burned up pretty quick."
My fellow Burton fan Marieke Das collected some of the figures from this book and sent me these pictures. Look how cute scary toys for adults can be! I now know what I want for Christmas!
These gruesomely sympathetic and misunderstood outcasts are just struggeling to find love, like the rest of us. That gives us a book full of sweetness and tragedy, to be enjoyed by you and your children - the older ones.
If your younger children also want a nice book for Halloween, without pumpkins, I would suggest The Witches, by Roald Dahl. This book taught me so much as a child, and I have so far been able to completely avoid witches, due to the valuable lessons and tips given in this book.