Algernon Graeves Is Scary Enough

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It's Halloween. Algernon Graeves is in his attic trying to think of the scariest Halloween costume ever.He imagines himself a mummy, a vampire, a werewolf ... but none of those creatures are quite scary enough. So he thinks, and he thinks, and he thinks some more. Will Algernon Graeves be able to turn himself into a scary-enough monster in time to go trick-or-treating with his friends?

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Overview

It's Halloween. Algernon Graeves is in his attic trying to think of the scariest Halloween costume ever.He imagines himself a mummy, a vampire, a werewolf ... but none of those creatures are quite scary enough. So he thinks, and he thinks, and he thinks some more. Will Algernon Graeves be able to turn himself into a scary-enough monster in time to go trick-or-treating with his friends?

This first picture book from author Peter Bollinger celebrates imagination and the wonderful spookiness that is Halloween.

Algernon Graeves wants to wear the darkest, scariest Halloween costume ever to go trick-or-treating and finally thinks of just the right thing.

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Publishers Weekly
Up in a cobweb-free attic with shadowy but airbrush-smooth roofbeams, pale Algernon Graeves tries on a cape and other accessories in search of a gruesome disguise. Myth Men illustrator Bollinger limns disconcerting, ethereal close-ups of a pointy-toothed vampire, a snarling werewolf and a zombie with torn flesh from Algernon's active imagination. The boy, meanwhile, poses before a mirror and attempts to duplicate these heavy-metal grotesqueries himself; the not-so-ominous results counterbalance the horror-movie frights. As in T. Rex Trick-or-Treats, reviewed above, the hero finally improvises an outfit that's "scary enough" for him. Age 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
What is the scariest costume that you could think up? Algernon heads up into his dark, scary attic to try out several. He considers being a ghost, a mummy, a skeleton and werewolf among others. None are suitable—they just aren't scary enough. The solution is more comical than scary, but what is scary are the images that Algernon imagines and Bollinger creates. They appear to be superimposed on the pages and have a 3D effect, probably a result of the computer techniques employed in the drawings. The mummy, vampire and werewolf are certainly intimidating. The pages are appropriately dark and while this is a picture book, it is probably better suited to kids at the higher end of the age range suggested. 2005, HarperCollins, Ages 4 to 8.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Young Algernon wants a really scary Halloween costume, so he heads to the dark and spooky attic for inspiration. He considers a ghost, skeleton, mummy, werewolf, vampire, and zombie, but these are just not frightening enough, so he combines all six to create a monster that suits his taste. Each of the creatures is realistically portrayed as a scary attic phantom, and then the child is shown in a simple costume. The computer-generated art is just that, nothing special or outstanding, but it should appeal to the movie-special-effects generation. At first glance, the easy reading level may suggest that this would be a good choice for preschoolers, but the phantom monsters may prove too frightening for them. While not a first choice, the book would be suitable for larger collections serving school-age readers.-Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
What happens when a young boy imagines the "darkest, scariest, set-your-teeth-on-edge Halloween costume ever?" A very determined Algernon Graeves has gone to the attic to find the perfect Halloween costume. Initially, Algernon pictures himself as a ghost, then a mummy, followed by a vampire and a werewolf and finally a zombie. All are scary, but not quite scary enough to suit Algernon. Frustrated, Algernon abandons the traditional repertoire of macabre monsters and opts instead for a splendid costume of his very own invention that is just "scary enough." Spooky illustrations dwarf Algernon in chilling grey, blue, black and green shadows that bring out the worst in the cast of downright horrible monsters that Algernon conjures up. A seasonal treat that should appeal to monster-loving tiny tricksters who may be inspired to create their own scary Halloween originals. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060522681
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/6/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Bollinger is the illustrator of the Children's Choice Award–winning Myth Men series that became the animated CBS television show Mythic Warriors. He is best known for his superheroes featured in Fleet, Topps, and Image comics, and has designed futuristic sites around the world, including amusement parks and stadiums. Originally from Australia, Peter Bollinger now lives in California with his wife and son. This is the first book he's written for young readers.

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