Picks and Pans Review: Boo! for Children

updated 10/16/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/16/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>MYSTERY MANSION

This foldout haunted house in book form comes with Halloweenish figures—skeleton, ghost, witch—and a little text, one of which is "You're just in time to join us for dinner. We hope you like spiders!" The "paper engineering" (it needs setup anchoring) is by Linda Costello, the just-eerie-enough art by Robert Horning. (Playland, $19.95)

GARFIELD AND THE HAUNTED DINER Gar still has moments, even in corporate form. (This book was written by Jim Kraft and drawn by Mike Fentz, not the Cat's creator, Jim Davis.) In lift-the-flap format, he, Odie and Jon find an eatery that's staffed by fiendy sorts and serves what Garfield calls ugly stew. But Gar saves the day with a unique superpower: He can eat a huge sandwich. (Grosset & Dunlap, $10.95)

BEST WITCHES This poetry book by children's author Jane Yolen includes "The Grammatical Witch": "The other day I saw a witch/ Or maybe it was two/ Though teacher says my grammar's wrong/ And that I saw a who." Elise Primavera did the funny drawings. (Putnam, $14.95)

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