Oct 22, 2018

Headless HorseMonday - Books

The Headless Horseman owes his origin to the printed page so I thought it only fitting to discuss a couple other versions of his legend.

First is A Sleepy Hollow Halloween which is a Little Golden Book. The cutesy art style is completely adorable and the story is told in rhyme. Being aimed at a younger audience, it tells a different version of the classic story that's less scary and more fun.

But that's not even the best part.

The book also comes with a plush Headless Horseman Itty Bitty! This is the real reason I wanted it. The book is great and all but I just couldn't pass up this pumpkin head! In case you're wondering, his head does not detach from his body.

This set is available at your local Hallmark store. If they don't have it, they can order it for you or you can order it direct from the Hallmark site and get free shipping to your store.

The next one is for the slightly older kids.

While searching Amazon a few weeks ago I found this graphic novel adaptation of the story. Even more surprising is that this is made to be used in schools. Who thought we'd see a day where comics were allowed in school?

How do I know this is made for the class room? It says Common Core right in the product title. But don't let that frighten you away. There aren't any educational pop-ups during the story. There are some questions at the end of the book to promote reading and writing skills.

The art is good and while the story may not be as in depth as the original I think it does a decent job of telling the tale. But let's face it, I'm not here for a detailed account of Ichabod Crane's struggles in Sleepy Hollow. I'm here for the Horseman!

You can get this on Amazon in print or Kindle. This same company makes other classic lit graphic novels including the Hound of the Baskervilles, Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr .Jekyll & Mr Hyde, War of the Worlds and a whole lot more. It says these are for Grade 2-3, Ages 10-14. Maybe things have changed since I was in school but when I was 10 I was in 6th grade.

At any rate, I have to give Graphic Revolve a huge hand for making these stories, that may be hard for kids to read, a little more accessible without resorting to a movie. I will definitely be checking out more of these graphic novels.

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  1. Such a creepy story as a kid. Timeless as well.

    1. I don't know why but I never found this one scary as a kid. I was always more fascinated with the Horseman.

    2. Same and most likely the first Monster I enjoyed.

  2. Good story, great versions! Fun, get the kids in early!

  3. Haha! Yeah, I think everyone is there for the Horseman instead of a detailed account of Ichabod's life. ;) And that's so funny about the grade levels/ages!

    That first book and mini Headless Horseman are so cute! Now you have me wondering how they changed the story for little kids.