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An Eyeball in My Garden: And Other Spine-Tingling Poems Hardcover – August 1, 2010
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About the Author
Editor Laura Wynkoop has always believed in ghosts, goblins, and other things that go bump in the night. She and her family live in San Dimas, California.
Illustrator Johan Olander is the author and illustrator of A Field Guide to Monsters and A Field Guide to Aliens. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and young daughter.
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Top Customer Reviews
Some are funny, like "Igor Picks a Pet", "Read at Your Own Risk" (about a poem that curses the reader), "My Date with Mummy", and many more. My daughter laughs out loud at these. Some have a big gross factor (lots of bugs and icky goblins and such). Then others are more sinister, like "Hixon House" (about a haunted house), and "Spooky" (a creepy mood poem). You can almost feel a chill wind blow! There are too many good poems to name. None of them seem over the top or inappropriate. Also, with 44 poems, it's a great length.
I'm really enjoying the collection and it's the perfect thing to get us in the spirit of our favorite holiday, but the poems aren't specific to Halloween and it can be read any time of year.
Oh, and the illustrations (there are black and white spot illustrations inside) are awesome! They compliment the poems perfectly. They have a sort of wood blockish feel.
My favorite of the poems are:
1. Where Nightmares Dwell
2. Camp Creepy
3. Come Closer, Closer
4. Winking Wot Warning
5. Graveyard Hill
6. Beneath the Stairs
7. Mad Scientist
8. Our Neighborhood
9. The Witching Hour
11. October 31st
12. Swamp Witch
13. The Wishing Well
I tended to like the creepier of the poems. And there are some chillers so I wouldn't recommend this for small children. The synopsis says 4th-6th grade and that's probably about right.
For starters, there are 44 poems in this little volume, and very few of them are more than one page long. Of the "one pagers" many of them are only a few lines, which makes it very easy to memorize if need be. The theme of the book is "spooky" poems, but not all of them are Halloween centered. The book is illustrated with black "pen and ink" style drawings, with black lettering. There are three poems that are printed on black background with white lettering. The poems are listed as "spine tingling" but I don't think that any of them would cause kids to lose sleep. These poems are good fun and will be enjoyed by kids of all ages. My personal favorite is "Igor picks a pet."
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