Picks and Pans Review: Halloween Boo Break

updated 10/28/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 10/28/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

>THE POP-UP BOOK OF GHOST TALES Illus. by Korky Paul

PAUL TAKES AN ABBOTT and Costello-style approach to these five classics: The doomed sailors of "The Flying Dutchman" protest with bugged eyes and flailing limbs; the "Room 13" hotel-keeper is so comically creepy that he could compete with his unregistered guest; the eerie reveler at "The Masque of the Red Death" appears to be dipped in cream soda, not blood. Though the pop-up features are fairly humdrum (except for the Dutchman and a splendidly grotesque sea monster), the text provides a solid introduction to such horror masters as Bram Stoker and Edgar Allan Poe. Designed for children 8 and up, it will be enjoyed by some younger, braver siblings. (Gulliver/HBJ, $14.95)

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