Thursday, November 11, 2010

Childhood Thrills (November 2010)

Childhood Thrills is a feature that recalls books I read in my childhood or adolescence that were special to me or "haunt" me in some way. I don't intend to re-read & review them, just simply share my memories and the feelings they evoke.


Mousekin's Golden House by Edna Miller.

On November 1, I usually come down with a case of PHD, also known as Post Halloween Depression. I’ve always had this tragic condition and it returns every year.  While other kids rejoiced over their candy and the approaching holidays, I lamented that my favorite holiday was over and I had to wait another year for it to come around again.

Mousekin had a several books recounting his various adventures.   However, this is the only one I remember.  (Can you guess why?)  In elementary school, the librarian always read Mousekin's Golden House at the first story time after Halloween. I remember being seated on that rug surrounded by shelves of books like it was yesterday.  I loved being read to!

In this book, Mousekin finds a discarded Jack O‘Lantern and decides it would be a good place to take up residence.  It’s wonderful at first, nice and safe, cozy, with windows to look out of.  However, as the pumpkin begins to rot and close in on itself, Mousekin has to escape before he is trapped! Even though this story is about the end of cycles (Halloween, the gourd's life, the season), I remember I liked it because it had a Jack O'Lantern, a symbol of my favorite holiday and therefore, it helped with my Halloween fix.


Karen said...

Oooh! That sounds like a creepy fun book! I love reading children's books and I too - suffer from PHD. I could care less about It's all about Halloween for me.

A Home Vintner said...

Such a fun post! Reminds me of the books I loved as a child, too.

Midnyte Reader said...

@Karen Yes, it's all about Halloween for me.

@AHV It was hard to find books about Halloween way back then in the olden days. Many more to choose from now.

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