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Friday, October 9, 2020

Three Frightfully Fun Halloween Books Blog Tour (reviews & giveaway)

I'm thrilled to be sharing and giving away three fun Halloween picture books from Two Lions today...

It’s Halloween, Little Monster 

By Helen Ketteman 

Illustrated by Bonnie Leick 

July 7, 2020 

Two Lions 

Little Monster is going trick-or-treating for the very first time. There are going to be all kinds of creatures and lots of spooky noises too! Papa is there to help guide him through his fears as they encounter one scary thing after another…until they reach the last house of the night. It’s the spookiest house of all, and—YIKES!—there might be a surprise waiting for them. Will Little Monster be brave? 


It’s Little Monster’s first time trick-or-treating and the streets are filled with all kinds of frights...but his Papa is there to help him be brave and enjoy the Halloween spirit. 


It’s Halloween, Little Monster is an absolutely darling picture book full of the sweetest scares! Helen Ketteman’s charming rhymes set a spooktastic scene, as Little Monster and little readers discover that frights can be fun and not all is as it seems on Halloween night. Bonnie Leick superbly brings this tale to life through the most delightful and lovely illustrations, full of soft, lush colors, the sweetest monsters of all kinds, and so many fun Halloween details. 


Readers of all ages with fall in love with Little Monster and want to read this wonderful picture book again and again! 


About the creators of It’s Halloween, Little Monster 

Helen Ketteman has written twenty-seven books for children, including the popular Little Monster books, illustrated by Bonnie Leick, and At the Old Haunted House, illustrated by Nate Wragg. Her books have received numerous awards and accolades. She lives with her husband on Sanibel Island, Florida. Learn more at 

Facebook: Helen Ketteman 

Bonnie Leick creates books and animated projects for children. She is the illustrator of thirteen books for children, including the popular Little Monster books, written by Helen Ketteman, and Baby Bear Eats the Night, written by Anthony Pearson. She lives in Sister Bay, Wisconsin, with her husband and their two French bulldogs. Learn more at 

Instagram: bonnie_leick 


“Told in rollicking rhymes, the story delivers humorous, not-too-scary chills for the youngest readers. …Treat little ones to this sweet, entertaining holiday story.” —Kirkus Reviews 

That Monster on the Block 

By Sue Ganz-Schmitt 

Illustrated by Luke Flowers 

August 4, 2020 

Two Lions 

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Monster is excited to see what kind of creature will move into Vampire’s old house on the block. He even starts practicing his welcome growl for the new neighbor. But when the moving truck pulls up, it’s not a greedy goblin, an ogre, or a dastardly dragon that steps out. Instead, it’s something even more terrifying than Monster could have imagined! Monster quickly rallies the other neighbors to unite against the new guy on the block. But what if the new neighbor isn’t exactly as bad as Monster thinks? Join Monster as he confronts his fears in this charming and lighthearted look at what it means to accept others who are different from us. 

Who will Monster’s new neighbor be? Maybe an ogre, or a dragon, or a goblin Monster hopes. Nope! Monster’s new neighbor is the scariest, worst thing Monster could have imagined: a clown! 


Sue Ganz-Schmitt's That Monster On The Block is a monster-load of fun, laughs, and heart! Together, Ganz-Schmitt and Flowers have created an imaginative and delightful monster neighborhood that little readers will have a blast exploring. Ganz-Schmitt's quirky, sweet tale and Flowers’ brightly colored and engaging illustrations, will charm readers. 


With unforgettable and lovable monster characters, frightfully fun pictures, and a timely message about celebrating and accepting our differences, That Monster On The Block is sure to be a bedtime hit all year round! 


About the creators of That Monster on the Block


Sue Ganz-Schmitt was born on the Fourth of July and grew up in Sherman Oaks, California. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and family. She is the author of many picture books, including the popular Planet Kindergarten and Planet Kindergarten: 100 Days in Orbit, both illustrated by Shane Prigmore. Sue holds an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Learn more at 

Twitter: SueGanzSchmitt 


Luke Flowers is the illustrator of more than fifty children’s books, including the New York Times bestseller A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood with poems by Fred Rogers and Disney’s The Muppet Christmas Carol storybook. Luke enjoys puppeteering, playing banjo, and having wacky adventures with his family. He lives with his wife and family in Colorado Springs. Learn more about his story, books, and art at 

Twitter: @lafcreative 

Instagram: @lfcreative 


“This humorous, fast-paced story, narrated with clipped sentences, conveys an important, unsubtle message about the importance of accepting diversity.” —Kirkus Reviews 


Check out the book trailer here! 

And coloring sheets and downloadable bookmarks here! 

How To Build A Haunted House 
By Frank Tupta 

Illustrated by Kyle Beckett 

July 21, 2020 

Two Lions 

Past the graveyard, 
hear the howl 
of werewolf loggers 
on the prowl. 
In this spooky, rhyming romp, creatures of all types work together to build a haunted house for a vampire family in need of a home. From mummies to Cyclops to the skeleton crew, they’re all working hard to get the job done. But they’d better hurry, because the house needs to be finished before the sun comes up. It’s a good thing their foreman, Frankenstein, is here to keep everyone in check. Will they get it done in time? 

A vampire family needs a new home quick, so their monster neighbors come together to build them one...but can they get it done before sunrise? 


Frank Tupta’s How To Build A Haunted House is a wildly fun and heartwarming tale, full of sweet surprises. Tupta’s quirky, sing-song rhymes create a cheery flow and lay out a whimsically rousing scene, as various monsters use their talents to help build a house for their friends. Beckett’s creates atmospheric, fun illustrations full of delightful frights, silly shenanigans, and engaging characters. 


How To Build A Haunted House offers little readers a heartfelt and laugh-out-loud take on monsters, with a lovely message about compassion and working together.  


About the creators of How to Build a Haunted House 

Frank Tupta grew up in a haunted house in Cleveland, Ohio. His favorite holiday is Halloween. He currently lives in Peninsula, Ohio (a haunted town), with his wife, children’s book author and illustrator Lindsay Ward and their children. How to Build a Haunted House is his debut picture book.  

Follow him on Twitter @Ftupta or at his website 


In the third grade, Kyle Beckett sold a drawing of a bluebird in sunglasses for a chocolate chip cookie at lunch. He grew up in Rockford, Illinois, and later moved to Sarasota, Florida, to study illustration at Ringling College of Art and Design. He is the author and illustrator of A Lovely Day for a Drive. He currently lives in Atlanta. Follow him on Instagram @kylebeckett. 


“This fun and friendly book will be a hit at Halloween storytimes or with monster-loving children who don’t necessarily go in for frights.” —Booklist 

A frightfully good giveaway! 

One lucky winner will receive one of each title: It’s Halloween, Little Monster; How to Build a Haunted House; and That Monster on the Block, courtesy of Two Lions/Amazon 

-US only

-ends 10/16/20

-winner will be emailed and must claim prize within 48 hours

-Word Spelunking is not responsible for lost, damaged, stolen prizes



Cherie Colyer said...

What cute books!

Danielle H. said...

These Halloween books will be fun to read and share.

Lynnette said...

These look really cute! It's been a while since I got new Halloween books.

John Smith said...

What beautiful books! I love the colors and technique used for "It’s Halloween, Little Monster "!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Oh goodness, these all look super cute! I know a little girl whose birthday is ON Halloween, and I think she'd love these.


LeAnn Harbert said...

These will be a great treat for my granddaughters that isn't candy.

Stephanie Grant said...

These are adorable! My little would love to read these on Halloween night.

Dan Denman said...

This looks like a fun group of books! My grandkids will love these!