There’s a Halloween midnight ball on Spooky Street and everyone’s invited!
Silly scary characters and gruesome treats will have young readers “howling” in this fun and quirky holiday read-aloud. It’s Halloween on Spooky Street and all of the ghastly neighbors are invited to bring along their favorite frightful treat!
Young readers will find it’s a scream to read about all the Spooky Street’s weird and creepy residents and their delightfully distasteful treats they bring to the Halloween midnight ball.
With Draco the Vampire and his bat brain cakes, Frogman from the swamp and his pickled eyeball juice, and Wanda the witch bringing her witch’s stew, of course, this Halloween party doesn’t have your typical festive fare. On the ghoulish menu are bloodshot eyeball treats, scowling face sour gums, and bone broth stew. The party wouldn’t be the same without the Jasper ghostly trio’s burping, farting, sniffing, and sneezing—all key ingredients in their tasty treats.
Along with Halloween comes harvest time, where squirmy worms are picked for apple pie, gourds for rotten pumpkin soup, and arachnids for sticky spider pops. The delectably disgusting deliciousness doesn’t stop there for the strange and kooky party attendees. Skeletons, mummies, monsters, and bats are all in on the fun in bringing their favorite treats for all to share.
School teacher, Jan Carey, has her finger on the pulse of what young readers love to devour. A spooky tale mixed with silliness and a bit of grossness will have young readers enrapt in this wonderfully wicked story.
Targeted Age Group:: 4-9 years
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I fell in love with 12 quirky and slightly gruesome Halloween characters that demanded I create a story about them and their wickedly distasteful eating habits. Each one of them inspired me with their silly behaviour and humorous habits.
It’s Halloween at Spooky Street and everyone’s excited.
For tonight there is a party, and yes… you’ve been invited.
All the spooky neighbours will bring their favourite treats
to Spooky Cemetery. (it seemed a great place to meet)
Wanda and her skinny cat are busy with a brew,
which uses many secret things on which you’ll need to chew.
It’s good for your complexion, and is also used for glue.
It’s…_Bubbly, foaming, oozing, dripping, stinking Witchy Stew.
Draco’s just a simple boy who’s friendly with the bats.
He also hangs out with the crows, the bugs and mice and rats.
His friendly smile is quite the hit (he knows just what it takes)
So he can bring…
Squishy, wishy, slimy, juicy, wobbly bat brain cakes.
From the dark and gloomy swamp, the Frogman lurches forth.
With jagged teeth and yellow eyes he travels to the north.
Does he bring a sweet dessert or fluffy chocolate mousse?
No, its Misty Swamp Sludgy Slime and Pickled Eyeball Juice.
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School teacher veteran Jan Carey has her finger on the pulse of what children enjoy reading. After a school assignment as a student, in which she had to write and illustrate a children’s book, she was deeply impacted by the experience and knew she would one day publish her own book.
Jan is a very visual writer and likes to see images of her story before she actually writes it. She draws maps, designs, and sketches and prints out images of characters she likes and pins them up on boards around her walls. After that, the story flows out of her. She says, “The illustrations tell me what to write.” Such was the case with her rhyming picture book, Slimy Eyeballs and Other Delicious Halloween Treats.
Jan gets ideas for her books from images she sees or experiences she has but mostly from her thirty years as a school teacher. She believes that working with kids is a constant source of inspiration and wonder. For Jan, an important tool as a teacher is imagination and creativity which helps to enhance engagement with students in the classroom.
Jan believes a good book is one that has imagination, humor, and twists. A book that can provide an opportunity for a child to laugh, feel a character’s emotion, or serve as a powerful guide through life’s challenges is also important. She hopes that her stories bring joy to her young readers with their silliness, humor, and fun illustrations.
Hailing from Australia, Jan has been living in South India for the past several years, traveling and volunteering.