Brain Candy; Just for kids; Yak's Corner


It's time to check out some Halloween candy for your brain. Here are a few treats for young Yak's Corner readers.

"The Hallo-Wiener" by Dav Pilkey (Scholastic, $5.99) is new in paperback. Has your mom ever made you a Halloween costume -- maybe one you didn't like? If so, you'll love reading about Oscar the dachshund and his hot dog costume. This tale of a little wiener dog is a winner.

Reading "Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden," by George Levenson with photographs by Shmuel Thaler (Tricycle Press, $14.95), is almost as good as having your own pumpkin patch. You'll track the life of pumpkins -- from seeds to plants to jack-o'-lanterns and back to seeds -- through a series of great photographs.

"Greta's Revenge" (Crown Books, $14.95) isn't a Halloween tale, but it is about a couple of witches. You might remember Alice (the good witch) and Greta (the not-so-good witch) from their first picture book, "Alice and Greta," by Steven J. Simmons with artwork by Cyd Moore.

Older readers who like supernatural sleuthing should pick up "There's a Dead Person Following My Sister Around" by Vivian Vande Velde (Harcourt Brace, $16). Ted doesn't believe his 5-year-old sister Vicki's spooky stories of ghosts in the house -- until the invisible spirits from 1851 start tipping over school projects, stealing keys and appearing on cable TV to scare them out of their wits. This fast-moving novel is a great Halloween read.

Scholastic's "I Spy" books are always a treat, but now the books are going interactive with the "I Spy" CD-ROM series. In time for Halloween, check out "I Spy Spooky Mansion" (for Windows/ Macintosh, $29.99).

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