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The Ghostly Carousel
The Ghostly Carousel: Delightfully Frightful Poems | Calef Brown
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A zombie family reunion, a "Jekyll lantern," a giggling undertaker, a telekinetic warlock . . . are you scared yet? Sure to induce shrieks and giggles in equal measure, Calef Brown's poems present a wonderfully creepy cast of characters. Richly detailed paintings add to the frightful fun!
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bkloppman

The village of the Glumm is gloomy and grim for miles in all directions. A grisly, ghastly, ghostly place except for these exceptions.

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bkloppman

Since this poetry collection is themed around Halloween, it would be a perfect way to embed poetry into Halloween activities. Students could use this book to make their own Halloween theme poem using of the poetry conventions used in the collection.

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bkloppman
Pickpick

This fun collection of poems centers around Halloween. Using many poetry tropes such as alliteration, rhyming, and onomatopoeia, this is a perfect poetry book to get students learning about poetry and excited for Halloween.

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sophiekinnett

This is a great halloween poem book. It has lots of fun rhymes and spooky stories throughout the book. The poem I liked best was The Jekyll Lantern. This one was very fun because it had a different rhythm than some of the other poems I had read. It had a rhythm that reminded me of a song that was 3/4 beat. I also really liked that it referred to classic literature Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This could be a great poem for students of all ages.

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CarlyJohnson

“The creeping. Creeping. Creeping. Crud- a seeping flood of noxious mud, arriving preciously at midnight on Fridays complete with a stench that will wrench your nose sideways.“

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CarlyJohnson

The poems' imagery frequently centers on fanciful and terrifying themes, bringing a world of ghosts, monsters, and other unsettling figures to life.

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CarlyJohnson
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Calef Brown's book The Ghostly Carousel: Delightfully Frightful Poems is a compilation of wacky and eerie poetry meant to delight and enchant young readers. The book takes readers on a delightful excursion into the realm of ghosts, ghouls, monsters, and other spooky creatures. Some of the collection's examples are poems of a naughty vampire who despises veggies or a zombie who has an odd taste for cotton candy.

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noradickens

“Undertaker Fritz
freely admits
to frequent fits of giggling
when a corpse burps
or a body starts wiggling.“

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noradickens

These poems incorporate many elements of poetry such as rhythm, rhyme, and repetition. These poems share insight on the spookiness of Halloween while still making it fun and engaging for young readers

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noradickens
Pickpick

This silly book of poems shares the insight of spooky Halloween poems. The poems relate to the five senses and engages the readers through the aspects of rhyme, rhythm, and repetition.

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sarahosterle

“Zombie named Joel“ This quote is from a poem that talks about how this zo,bie wanted to escape a family reunion. I thought this was funny because it is using creepy ideas and implementing them into real-life situations.

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sarahosterle

This anthology is really spooky and would be really good for all ages around Halloween. The space and rhythm of each poem give the reader an exciting feeling about Halloween.

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sarahosterle
Pickpick

This book is a Halloween anthology that is filled with creepy poems. The book is filled with 17 poems. It talks about witches, demons ghosts, and many more. The poems embedded in this book demonstrate a highly visual experience.

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miles.bryant

From Glumm (page 8):
“The village of Glumm is gloomy and grim for miles in all directions. A grisly, ghastly, ghostly place except for these exceptions.“

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miles.bryant

This collection of poems would be great in any grade level classroom. I noticed it could be used within a vocab lesson in 1st-4th grade to cover spooky words during a Halloween themed week. It also has a lot of rhyming that could be used to teach rhyme to Kindergarteners and 1st graders.

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miles.bryant
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This is a collection of spooky Halloween poems. I found myself to really enjoy the Glumm poem on page 8. This poem uses rhyming at the end of each stanza and alliteration with words beginning with G. It has a very gutteral sound when reading it and it makes it kind of difficult, like a tongue twister, but it is also simple and fun.

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Abbylippert

“and comb the tangled snakes with tongs and special rakes.“

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Abbylippert

I would use this poem with my students as an entertaining way to introduce rhyming. I think that they would enjoy the story of Medusa and find her magical powers and unique look as intriguing- they may even think turning to stone is funny. I would ask students to identify rhyming words in the short poem and analyze what they think, hear, see, or smell while reading.

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Abbylippert
Pickpick

The poem “Medusa“ talks about how Medusa has a team to take care of her hair by oiling her scalp and untangling her snakes. Sometimes they make a mistake and look at her face. This poem uses rhyming with help and scalp, snakes, rakes, and mistakes, basis and face is, and chance and glance. When I read this poem, I immediately see a head of snakes hissing and jabbing at the men trying to comb them and I hear Medusa laughing.

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LexiPrice

“The creeping. Creeping. Creeping. Crud- a seeping flood of noxious mud, arriving preciously at midnight on Fridays complete with a stench that will wrench your nose sideways.“

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LexiPrice

Brown creates mental images for the reader with his use of inventive wordplay and descriptive language in the book. The poems' imagery frequently centers on fanciful and terrifying themes, bringing a world of ghosts, monsters, and other unsettling figures to life. For instance, the idea of a pale, fanged creature wearing a cape might be used in a poem about a vampire who despises veggies, steering clear of a meal of broccoli and spinach.

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LexiPrice
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Calef Brown's book “The Ghostly Carousel: Delightfully Frightful Poems“ is a compilation of wacky and eerie poetry meant to delight and enchant young readers. The book takes readers on a pleasant excursion into the realm of ghosts, ghouls, monsters, and other spooky creatures. Some of the collection's examples are poems of a naughty vampire who despises veggies or a zombie who has an odd taste for cotton candy.

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Linsy
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Pickpick

These poems have charm and whit and the illustrations are to die for! 👻

#nontheme #teamslaughter #scarathlon

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Linsy
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“Ghouls and goblins
place their bets.
Then they pay the price.
The Gambling Ghost
is better than most
at using haunted dice.” 👻

#chillingphotochallenge #ghostly
#teamslaughter #scarathlon

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alisiakae
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Mehso-so

Not all Halloween picture books are created equally, and this one is a bit of a dud. I did like a few of the poems, esp The Jekyll Lantern and the Gambling Ghost. Maya liked it more than I did, so it does get a 👍 from the middle schooler.

#screamathon

alisiakae Another picture book for #teamslaughter @Clwojick 4y
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