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[Pre-Order] Hazel and the Spooky Season


There is nothing Hazel loves more than autumn, the spookiest season. But why doesn't anyone else seem to care?

Pre-order the must-have Halloween picture book of 2023! Books ship in September 2023.

When nobody in her town seems to share her love of the spooky season, Hazel is left feeling alienated, alone, and unable to express herself. Everything changes when Hazel receives a visit from Ronnie Pumpkinseed, a supernatural pumpkin-headed ambassador for all things spooky. Ronnie teaches Hazel a special word for what she feels inside—Halloween!—and helps Hazel find the courage to be herself and follow her heart, even when it's scary.

Author Kyle Sullivan’s most Halloween-forward book yet (which is saying a lot!), Hazel and the Spooky Season is packed with iconic Halloween scenes and characters, as brought to adorably eerie life by British illustrator Jess Mason. 

Reviews and Accolades

[Select praise for Kyle Sullivan's previous picture books:]

[Werewolf? There Wolf!]:

★ 2023 Independent Publisher Book Award Winner (Best Picture Book)

“Fantastically hilarious.”
—School Library Journal

“A fresh twist on a beloved fable…It gets wilder and weirder as the story goes on. With its tongue-twisting-tall-tale-ness, it’s a MUST read-aloud book.”
—Illustoria Magazine

Sullivan’s clever concept effectively flips the script on the classic tale. The memorable twist is up to par with the one in Mo Willems’ That Is Not a Good Idea…Meg Hunt’s illustrations are filled with whimsical background details. The staging and facial expressions give the proceedings an animated-movie feel.”
Kirkus Reviews

[The Cyclops Witch and the Heebie-Jeebies]:

“Readers will melt.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“Turns worry into wonder and monsters into friends.”
— Foreword Reviews

“A charming collaborative picture book debut about facing one’s fears, The Cyclops Witch and the Heebie-Jeebies...is a perfect read for kids who look forward to Halloween all year round.”
— PDX Parent Magazine

Artist Bios

Kyle Sullivan is a Portland-based, award-winning children's book author whose titles (including picture books The Cyclops Witch and the Heebie-Jeebies and Werewolf? There Wolf!) have sold more than 300,000 copies worldwide. His books have won national acclaim and accolades from numerous organizations, including the American Library Association, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal.

Jess Mason is a children's book illustrator from Worcestershire, England—the original home of hobbits! With inspirations including folk art, medieval manuscripts, nature, and film, Jess crafts nuanced, atmospheric, and characterful worlds to which readers will strive to return time and again. Her children's books include Just a Girl from HarperCollins and Who Owns the Woods? from Little Tiger Books.

Reading Level

Reading level/interest: Ages 5 to 9

Lexile measure: 670L


GRE: 2

These books are aligned with Common Core Standards.

Specs and Details

Hazel and the Spooky Season is a 11x9.5”, 38 page, paper over board picture book with a matte finish and spot UV on the cover.

ISBN: 9781948931465

Free Education Guides / Activities

Download free education guides and activities including learning guides for educators and parents to help students meet several of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts.