Nov 17

Compare Holiday Carol Books at a Reduced Price

A Halloween Carol Book Price Reduced by 6o%

The Legend of Decimus Croome: A Halloween Carol

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The e-book price for The Legend of Decimus Croome: A Halloween Carol was just reduced by almost 60% from $4.99 to $2.99. So now is the time to grab your copy of the best Halloween book so you can compare it to the best Christmas book, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. Teachers and literary fans have been having a wonderful time comparing the classic holiday tales in their classrooms and at home. For Halloween, high school and middle school teachers enjoyed comparing The Legend of Decimus Croome by Kevin Purdy to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving.

And Now the Bad Literary News

Sorry to those of you who missed out, but the historic first edition of A Halloween Carol is now out of print. For those of you who purchased the first edition and still don’t realize it, there were minor errors on pages 147 and 149. The names of the two main families in the book, the Croomes and the Bobbiches, were switched one time on each of those pages. So now, that first edition is a collector’s item.comparison chart for A Christmas Carol & A Halloween Carol

Let’s Turn the Best Halloween Book Into the Best Halloween Movie

If you haven’t voted yet, be sure to get over to iPetitions to cast your vote for turning A Halloween Carol into an awesome Halloween movie. While on iPetitions, you can also vote to turn it into a Halloween graphic novel. Nothing against Hocus Pocus or The Addams Family, but it’s time for a really good classic Halloween movie and kick-butt Halloween graphic novel. Halloween fans deserve a memorable Halloween movie and graphic novel.

Oct 11

Halloween: A Season of Giving

Book Promotes Goodwill at Halloween

Halloween quote from A Halloween Carol

Halloween Humbug

When it comes to Halloween, there are three types of people:

  • Halloween Humbugs – These folks, usually adults, are real Halloween Grinches. Their attitude, in the words of the legendary Decimus Croome, are “Pish Posh & Poppycock.” When it comes to trick-or-treaters, they turn off all the lights in their house/apartment and ignore the Halloween Carol pleas and knocks at their door. Or as Deimus Croome would say, “People have just grown so crotchety.”
  • Halloween Revelers – These are the people who really get into Halloween. They dress in costumes, hand out treats and truly celebrate Halloween for the fun holiday it is. Or as we learn in A Halloween Carol, “It is our costumes that reveal who we really are.”
  • Halloween Spirits – Halloween spirits go one step further than Halloween revelers. They remember the real reason for the season. They remember that, just like Christmas, Halloween is a time for giving, for celebrating and for coming together to enjoy each other, if only for a day.

The Legend of Decimus Croome: A Halloween Carol

Well over a century ago, Charles Dickens realized that people were forgetting the importance of celebrating Christmas as a time of goodwill toward fellow living beings. So he wrote A Christmas Carol

Halloween Book quote from a Halloween Carol

Halloween Book Quote

as a way of reminding people to be kind, compassionate and giving during the holiday season. Author Kevin Purdy felt the same way about the Halloween season. He was seeing too many people (mostly adults) forgetting how important it was to enjoy special holidays for what they are: A time for giving and celebrating. Just like Ebenezer Scrooge learned the lessons of Christmas, Decimus Croome learned the lessons of Halloween. If you haven’t had a chance to read The Legend of Decimus Croome: A Halloween Carol, you should order a copy today and read it during the holiday season. We all need occasional reminders about joy, celebration and humanity. Then, when you finish reading the book, please pass it on. Guaranteed, if everyone read A Halloween Carol at Halloween and A Christmas Carol at Christmas, the holiday season would be much more pleasant for everyone.

book cover for A Halloween Carol

Sep 27

Charles Dickens…

…Victorian Author Extraordinaire…books adapted from Charles Dickens writing

I don’t know very many people who enjoy every Charles Dickens books, but I also know very few people who don’t like any Charles Dickens’ books. Mr. Dickens was a prolific writer; and he was an incredibly good writer also. As one biographer after another points out, Charles Dickens changed the world… for the better. He had an absolutely amazing impact on society. He is credited with everything from prison reform to being the man who invented Christmas. Most of us know the first lines from some of his books: “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” Or we know some of his more famous characters: Ebenezer Scrooge, Oliver Twist, Little Dorrit or David Copperfield. But do we know the real Charles Dickens? Fortunately, there are a lot of books about Charles Dickens, Pinterest boards featuring Charles Dickens and even Twitter accounts that often tweet about Dickens. But despite all that, Dickens is still a bit of a mystery.

…Often Imitated, Always Admired

What most people don’t realize is how many Charles Dickens imitators there are out there. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Charles Dickens should be flattered right out of his grave. And most of the adapted Dickens books are pretty darned good. In fact, if you’ve never read any of the Revised Classics out there, you’re missing a fantastic treat. After all, the imitators learned from the masters. Let’s take a look at some of the Dickens rewrites out there:





Sep 20

A Halloween Carol in the Classroom

How Teachers Can Use A Halloween Carol in the Classroom

The holiday season is an excellent time to introduce students to The Legend of Decimus Croome: A Halloween Carol. It’s the perfect classroom book for numerous reasons:

  • Students will love it!!
  • It’s wonderful for numerous grade levels.
  • In addition to the humor & spookiness, students will enjoy the word-play found throughout.
  • It makes a great comparison novel along with A Christmas Carol.
  • It’s filled with exquisite, context-rich vocabulary.
  • It’s perfect for classroom reading/learning/literature activities.

Comparative Literature: A Halloween Carol & A Christmas Carol

Everyone knows the classic Christmas tale by Charles Dickens. Now, there’s a contemporary Halloween version of the book that makes for wonderful comparisons that will allow students to utilize critical thinking skills as well as providing an opportunity for rich classroom discussions.  As you can see by the chart that is located to the right of this blog-post, the comparisons between these two books are plentiful. The contrasts are delightful also.

Vocabulary Enrichment Through Reading

All reading teachers know the importance of developing vocabulary skills in students. A Halloween Carol is filled with new vocabulary words surrounded by helpful context clues. It provides a great opportunity for teachers to present vocabulary acquisition lessons using a fun & memorable Halloween novel.

Is A Halloween Carol Right for Your Classroom?

Obviously The Legend of Decimus Croome: A Halloween Carol is a great read for students of all ages. It is currently ranked highly on Goodreads & Listopia for 5th & 6th graders. In fact it is near the top of the list for Books to Read to 5th Graders. But depending on how you plan to use the book, it could be just as good a book throughout middle school and well into high school. If Charles Dickens is part of your high school literature curriculum, then A Halloween Carol would make a wonderful counterpoint or even as a way to generate interest in the Dickensian classics. For the younger readers, it involves just enough spookiness to draw them into the book, but it is not a horror book by any means.

Applied Literature and Reading Activities

While reading A Halloween Carol or afterwards, you have many higher level reading activities that may not be available with other books. For one thing, the author of A Halloween Carol is a former teacher and would love to receive emails from students who have questions or comments about the novel. Another great activity is for students to write a persuasive letter urging their favorite movie producer/director/actor to make A Halloween Carol into a movie. There’s even a petition for making The Legend of Decimus Croome: A Halloween Carol into a movie and another to make A Halloween Carol into a graphic novel. Students could use these as forums for brushing up on their persuasive writing skills.

comparison chart for A Christmas Carol & A Halloween Carol


Sep 18

Comparing A Christmas Carol with A Halloween Carol

BHB Compares A Christmas Carol w/ A Halloween Carol

With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s time to compare two of the best holiday books:
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
A Halloween Carol (The Legend of Decimus Croome) by Kevin Purdy
We’ll take a look at everything from the authors, to the holidays, to the timeline to the characters in the novel/novella. For quick reference, take a look at the infographic on the right-hand side of this column or view it in a larger size by clicking on the infographic or viewing the Halloween infographic on Pinterest.


Comparing A Christmas Carol w/ A Halloween Carol

Main character
Main character sidekick
Sick child
First Ghost
Country Setting
Town setting
Time setting
Best line
Main character catch phrase
Cameo appearance
Divided into…
A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
Fewer than 30,000
Ebenezer Scrooge
Bob Cratchit &/or Mr. Fezziwig
Tiny Tim
Jacob Marley – dead business partner
Late 18th – mid 19th Century
Don’t be a Christmas humbug.
“Marley was dead, to begin with…”
“Bah, humbug.”
Holiday novella
Ignorance & Want
A Halloween Carol
Kevin Purdy
More than 48,000
Decimus Croome
Black Magic
Tommy Bobbich
Patricia Croome – deceased wife
Mid 20th to early 21st Century
Don’t be a Halloween humbug.
Remember the part in our wedding vows about until death do we part? Consider this a bonus round.
“Pish posh & poppycock!!”
Holiday novel
Apathy & Greed
comparison chart for A Christmas Carol & A Halloween Carol







Sep 16

PurdyBooks on Social Media

Follow PurdyBooks on Social Media

Where would we be without social media… besides having a couple extra hours in a day that we’re not tweeting, posting & Liking? But seriously, social media can be a fun and worthwhile tool for authors and bibliophiles. The literary community is very supportive on social media sites… assuming they know you’re out there in the world of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. So I’d like to use this blog-post to reveal where you can find PurdyBooks on social media and what you might find in our various tweets and posts.

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What will you find when you follow PurdyBooks on social media? We will share information about new books, booklists, writing tips, tittles in the PurdyBooks library, author interviews, book suggestions and an occasional joke or two. We’ll also suggest other social media accounts or even specific pins, tweets & posts within the PurdyBooks Social Media universe. For example, we will often direct you to particularly good pins & boards from the PurdyBooks Pinterest account. Of course each of the social media accounts has its particular strengths so you’ll find plenty of good book quotes in all of the PurdyBooks social media outlets, you’re more likely to find images in our Pinterest and Facebook pages and book excerpts in our Twitter posts. Bottom line: Be sure to follow PurdyBooks and don’t forget to Like the good stuff. Of course all retweets, repins and Likes are appreciated and welcomed. We’ll do the same for you.

Sep 14

Halloween Carol at Top of Best Books List

Best Books to Read to 5th Graders

The Legend of Decimus Croome: A Halloween Carol

A Halloween Carol

The family Halloween book The Legend of Decimus Croome: A Halloween Carol has begun to appear on many “best of” lists including holiday book lists, best read-aloud books, best Halloween books and more. It’s no surprise that this charming Halloween novel that is based on Charles Dickens‘ “A Christmas Carol” would appear on so many “best book” lists in its inaugural year. But it was a pleasant surprise that it has already climbed to the very top of the Best Books to Read to 5th Graders list on Goodreads. A Halloween Carol is also near the top of other Best Books lists including the best 6th Grade Reading list.

Best Revised Classic

The Legend of Decimus Croome has also zoomed to the top of the best Classics Continued and Revised booklist on Goodreads. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Charles Dickens should indeed be flattered by this hilarious adapted version of A Christmas Carol. Speaking of Dickens, The Legend of Decimus Croome: A Halloween Carol has also risen to the top of the Sequels and Prequels to Dickens Stories on the Goodreads best books list.

Future of The Legend of Decimus Croome Looks Bright

The booklists shown above are mainly just the ones A Halloween Carol has moved up to #1 on. This delightful holiday read aloud books infographicHalloween story has also appeared on over a dozen best booklists in the top ten or twenty. This is an incredible accomplishment for a brand new holiday novel. In many of the lists, A Halloween Carol appears near or above such literary masters as Stephen King, Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov. This is indeed high praise.

A Halloween Carol Among Best Halloween Books of All Time

Everyone loves Halloween and there are never quite enough really good Halloween books that can be enjoyed by the entire family. There are the usual hard-core horror books and the occasional Halloween specials for really young children. But finding that perfect Halloween novel that fits the Goldilocks test of being not too terrifying and not too childish is difficult. Every three or four years, good movies like Hocus Pocus and The Addams Family come out directly to the big screen. But seldom do we find the fantastic Halloween family book that can be passed from family member to family member and read out loud to the youngsters. The Legend of Decimus Croome: A Halloween Carol is just such a book and will likely be appearing on more best books lists before October 31 rolls around.




Sep 08

Best Read Aloud Books List

Read Aloud Booklistholiday read aloud books infographic

This is the first in a series of recommended booklists that can be found on Goodreads. As you will see, there are many different themes for these booklists from holiday read-aloud books to read-alouds by grade level. It is important to note that reading experts agree that reading aloud to children is an extremely valuable part of the process of learning to read. Hearing other people read aloud reinforces many valuable reading skills such as fluency, intonation, vocabulary development and reading for pleasure. Reading aloud also provides a valuable bonding experience between the reader and the person being read to.

Correct Ages for Reading Out Loud to Kids

Okay, that was a trick headline. There is no proper age for reading aloud to children. Any age is the proper age. As long as your/a child will let your read out loud to them, then by all means read away. Many middle school & high school teachers read out loud to their students, and the students love it, whether they’ll admit it or not.

Best Read Aloud Booklists

Without further ado, here are some suggested booklists for reading out loud:


Sep 05

Read a Sample of A Halloween Carol

Tis the Season to Read A Halloween Carol

The evenings are starting to get a little longer and there’s a bit of nip in the air each morning. Leaves begin blushing their Autumn hues and every shop is offering pumpkin flavored… everything. I swear the local auto repair garage is offering pumpkin flavored oil changes. What can it all mean?

Snuggle Up With a Halloween Book

Everyone loves a good Halloween book. And I do mean everyone!! Mom, Dad, brother, sister… But it’s like a Goldilocks scenario. This book is too scary; this book isn’t spooky enough… Wait, here’s one that’s JUST RIGHT!! Here’s your chance to check out The Legend of Decimus Croome: A Halloween Carol. Read a FREE sample of A Halloween Carol right here on Then head on over and grab The Legend of Decimus Croome on Amazon in paperback or e-book form:

Sep 01

Free Halloween Book on Amazon

Free Halloween e-Book for Limited Time

The Legend of Decimus Croome: A Halloween Carol

A Halloween Carol

The e-book version of the 2017 Halloween book The Legend of Decimus Croome: A Halloween Carol is being offered for free on Amazon from September 1, 2017 until September 5. After that, the price will go back up to $499 for the e-book and $9.99 for the paperback version of A Halloween Carol.

Please Leave an Amazon Review for A Halloween Carol

What do you have to do in order in order to get this wonderful Halloween book for absolutely free? Technically… nothing. But it would be greatly appreciated if you leave a review on Amazon after you’re done with the book. If you’re a newspaper or online book reviewer, a write-up on your blog, Facebook page or in your newspaper would also be wonderful!!! So far The Legend of Decicmus Croome has received fantastic reviews and, hopefully, that trend will continue.

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