A Very Scary Half-Term: Kick Back and Relax!


You’ve made it to Day Two, how to reward yourself? Why not kick back and relax with a podcast or video?

Fangs, clawPuffin_Audio_Microphone_squares and ROARS at the ready for this MONSTER episode of the Puffin Podcast with Ally McCrae! Charlie Higson’s sickos are on the rampage in a special extract from The Enemy, Doctor Who meets a mysterious creature at an orbital coffee roasting station in Holly Black’s Lights Out and extra-terrestrials are colonising Earth in Rick Yancey’s breath-taking The 5th Wave. Plus two gruesome Puffin ogres battle it out in the monstrous monthly quiz, and The BFG makes a spooky-dooky night-time appearance. Listen to the podcast here.

Join Puffin Podcast host Ally McCrae to learn about the tricky literary world of witches and magic in this episode. Ally learns the story behind Half Bad by Sally Green, we hear a spine-tingling audiobook extract from Roald Dahl’s The Witches read by Miranda Richardson and there’s a Hocus-Pocus quiz to test your knowledge! Listen to the episode here.

The wonderful actress Gemma Arterton has brought the Worst Witch books by Jill Murphy to life with the new audiobooks! Want to hear how she got into character and why she loves the Worst Witch? We interviewed her down in the Puffin recording studio fresh from her adventures at Miss Cackles Academy for Witches – and it seems Mildred may have met her match. Gemma exclusively revealed that there are a few uncanny similarities between herself and Mildred (even her cat is just like Tabby!). The comparisons get even spookier as Gemma reveals her teacher was also a lot like Miss Hardbottom… listen to the full interview here.9780141356983  9780141356969

Video time! Jeff Kinney, author of the Wimpy Kid series, presents the Top 5 Halloween Moments from Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Did your favourites make the list?

And for something truly terrifying, watch this video about Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud. Warning: Your nights will never be the same again . . .

Were you able to watch the whole video without closing your eyes? (We sure weren’t!) Take our quiz and see how much you remember. It’s ok, we’re still too scared to grade anything.

And if that wasn’t frightening enough, join @randomhousekids on 13th November from 9am-3pm for their ‘Lockwood Whodunit.’ Follow their tweet story and then share your theories of who killed the ghost, where and what is the ghost’s sources of power.

See you tomorrow for top tips on how to create costumes based on your favourite Puffin characters!

And hop on over to Thursday’s post to enter for a chance to WIN a bundle of Halloween reads – a selection of our favourite spooky reads from our Pinterest board!

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