Curl up on the couch or around the fireplace for some good, old-fashioned storytelling this Halloween! Pop some popcorn, grab a favorite blanket, and pick a story to share from The Barefoot Book of Giants, Ghosts and Goblins. Filled with folk tales from around the globe, and featuring gorgeous illustrations, each story is unique to the country it is set in. Children and adults alike will be amused by these tall tales, and the book includes a storytime CD, read by Jerry Nelson. If you just want to sit back and enjoy the stories with your little ones, pop in the CD, and you can all listen together! As the stories are not frightening, just entertaining, even younger ones can listen along without feeling scared.

What is most notable is that each story is written exactly how a person in that particular country speaks. From Scotland to China, and everywhere in between, you can really get into the characters! “Mom” thoroughly enjoyed that these adventuresome stories ended in the way that folk tales typically do – happily ever after!

The Barefoot Book of Giants, Ghosts and Goblins is available online on

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