Yes, the day I use to justify supernatural reading in the summer is here! I’ll be following a Jack Skellington around my town tonight and feeling that Halloween feeling 🙂
Taking my son trick or treating is something I love about being a mom.
What I don’t always love about being a mom is trying to share a book with my son that’s a little advanced but he’s getting help from me, and he still doesn’t want to do it. I have to work hard to make a reader. Slowly trying to make one.
I put this on audio for us on a car ride and he picked up the comic book I said he could read after trying it for an hour and I devoured it myself, on a full cast audio production.
The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
A boy is raised in a cemetery by ghost and other supernatural creatures to keep him safe after his family is murdered. Of course there’s a Neil Gaiman style conspiracy plot behind the reason why the family is murdered and the boy is significant, but that’s revealed later, as his supernatural experiences growing up with creepies is more the emphasis here. It’s a fun story, a kids book about being a kid in an unusual circumstance, with more of the plot and the larger picture revealed as, as happens in our own experiences growing up, he becomes older and learns more of the world.
Neil comments in his book that he had to have his own children grow up to really get a look at what it’s like to send a grown child out in the world, to talk about what it is like for the creatures he is leaving behind. I loved how he worked out the details of how these childhood issues could still be addressed with undead parents, keeping him sequestered in a cemetery, and how he also takes on some of the abilities of the creatures, to be able to ‘disappear’ even though being of flesh he technically can’t do so. To be able to see them when he is living with them and losing the ability as he gets older, as we all do. It’s really about growing up in a family, even if it’s in a supernatural setting, as NG is wont to do.
Last year I reviewed Ray Bradbury’s The Halloween Tree for my special post, and it was more specific to the actual holiday, but I believe a child on both sides of the veil and engaging in a supernatural childhood fits the bill for a Halloween post well enough.
There’s one supernatural read post left for the season of scary and the thin veil. November is a bit of a mish mash because Thanksgiving is so late I don’t want to dive into the Christmas reads too early, and there are other books I wanted to catch up on. Still one BookRiot book left to do and I’m on it, has to be posted somewhere.
I thought about NaNo, even revising a novel I am still working on for some new fun parts, but I have barely been able to keep up with my monthly writing and work is, well, still exhausting and this time of year I’m shuttling my child to all sorts of events. So as much as I want to do NaNo, I need it to be in January or something when everything slows way down and I shift into survive the depressing winter mode.