Picks and Pans Review: Halloween Bookshelf

updated 10/30/2006 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 10/30/2006 01:00AM

>Tricks & treats for all ages

Mommy? by Maurice Sendak, Arthur Yorinks and Matthew Reinhart A sweetly ghoulish take on the P.D. Eastman classic, Mommy? chronicles a babe's quest for his be-witching parent. Perfect for kids in love with Sendak's woolly Wild Things.

Scary Stories illustrated by Barry Moser With haunting selections from greats including Shirley Jackson (The Lottery), these creepy classics aimed at tweens and teens will thrill adults as well. Moser's edgy engravings raise the chill factor.

Monsters foreword by Forrest J. Ackerman Here's a strangely endearing retrospective celebrating Universal Studios' horror-movie masterpieces. Photos from the sets of films like The Phantom of the Opera illustrate a volume that's a must for fanatics who dissected Tod Browning's Dracula in film school.

Alfred Hitchcock: The Master of Suspense by Kees Moerbeek A splendid pop-up for grown-ups, this homage to Hitch's finest is a gem for the bibliophile with a taste for suspense. Clever spreads on faves including Vertigo are jazzed up with grabby trivia and photos of Hitchcock in his cameos.

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