Fingers for Halloween

Candy’s sweet but short lasting. Why not give a book to your little goblin or princess on Halloween? Here’s one that might appeal to the spookster set, not scary, but totally entertaining.

Crack them up “Fingers for Halloween,” by Brandt Lewis. Though this board book is supposed to be for kiddos birth to age 3, it’s a finger-puppet-goodie guaranteed to have older children rollicking with laughter.

The premise is initially a bit shocking to stomach. With a hole for each finger, readers insert their pinkies, pointers and thumbs, and wiggle away, to the singsong rhyming text:

“Hello there! How are you this Halloween evening?

“I hope that you’re ready to go trick-or-treating!’

“But I am not looking for candy or gum.

“What I want to eat is a fat little thumb.

“It will taste oh-so-sweet on this spooky, dark evening.

So please do not wash it before I start eating! CHOMP!”

With each page turn, the holes for readers’ fingers are reduced, until all have been ingested by a bevy of Halloween characters. Bright and busy illustrations by Cori Doerrfeld depict ghouls and goblins and all manner of Halloween stuff. This fun title gets a resounding thumbs-up!