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Goosebumps for Mother Goose

By Lynne Marie

On Halloween, Mother Goose frantically searched the library for bedtime stories for the goslings.

She found classic tales like The Ugly Gosling, Moby Duck, and Goodnight, Goose, but no spooky stories.

She refused to leave empty-winged! She scoured shelves, and finally found frightfully perfect picks: Monster Goose, Duckula, and Drakenstein! She gleefully grabbed the ghostly GOODIES and rushed home.

But when she arrived there, she got GOOSEBUMPS. Her nest GLOWed-IN-THE-DARK, and the goslings were nowhere to be found!

Suddenly, seven ghoulish ghosts appeared. “Trick or Treat!” They honked.

Mother Goose giggled. “Treat! Just look what I’ve found at the library!” [100 Words]

Note: This is a story created especially for Susanna Hill's annual Halloweensie Contest. For more information, or to participate, follow this link.

Lynne Marie is the author of Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten -- art by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic 2011), Hedgehog's 100th Day of School -- art by Lorna Hussey (Scholastic 2017), The Star of the Christmas Play -- art by Lorna Hussey (Beaming Books 2018), Moldilocks and the 3 Scares -- art by David Rodriguez Lorenzo (Sterling 2019 and Scholastic 2019) and Let’s Eat! Mealtime Around the World -- art by Parwinder Singh (Beaming Books 2019), The Three Little Pigs and the Rocket Project -- art by Wendy Fedan (Mac and Cheese Press / CAW Publishing, November 2021) and American Pie -- art by Dea Lenihan (Dancing Flamingo Press 2022).

She’s also the Owner and Administrator of both and, as well as a long-time Travel Agent with (! She's been a Cybil's Judge in the Fiction Picture Books and Board Books category since 2016. Recently, she's been handed the ReFoReMo torch from Kirsti Call and Carrie Charley Brown, which will return under it's new name March On With Mentor Texts in March, 2022 ( You can join her at her weekly Tinker and Talk Book Chat here: Tinker and Talk Book Chat by The Picture Book Mechanic | Facebook

When she’s not searching for story ideas all over the globe, she lives on a lake in South Florida with her family, a Schipperke named Anakin and several resident water birds. Visit her at Lynne Marie is represented by Marisa Cleveland of



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