Gibbus Moony Wants to Bite You!

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Watch out! This little vampire is looking for a bite.

Gibbus Moony’s grownup fangs have finally grown in. Now all he wants to do is chomp on something juicy! All day Gibb hunts high and low for his first unsuspecting victim. But just when he thinks he’s found the perfect bite, he may discover something even more fangtabulous to sink his teeth into. Get ready for a totally toothsome tale!

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Overview

Watch out! This little vampire is looking for a bite.

Gibbus Moony’s grownup fangs have finally grown in. Now all he wants to do is chomp on something juicy! All day Gibb hunts high and low for his first unsuspecting victim. But just when he thinks he’s found the perfect bite, he may discover something even more fangtabulous to sink his teeth into. Get ready for a totally toothsome tale!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Gibbus Moony is a budding vampire who must come to terms with his family's unusual pacifist palate: "We're fruit suckers, my boy," says Grandpa Waxing Moony, "and proud of it." For Gibbus, however the big enchilada, so to speak, is "Something that moved. Something that... noticed." But Gibbus is inadvertently thwarted in his quest for human blood by Moe, a friendly (and normal) neighbor who has an annoying baby sister with biting problems of her own. "Biting is for babies," Moe announces, unaware of his new friend's backstory, and that's all it takes for Gibbus to embrace "nectarian" family values and a new concept of "toothsome." Corace is on familiar ground: she's proved herself to be a virtuoso at portraying unlikely but thoroughly likable rebels in her books with Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Little Pea, etc.). She doesn't have nearly the same magic with debuting author Muir, whose flabby storytelling is in marked contrast to Corace's sharp, visual wit and crisp lines. It's an offbeat take on the popular culture's vampire obsession, but not a wholly successful one. Ages 4–8. (Aug.)
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"Corace is on familiar ground: she's proved herself to be a virtuoso at portraying unlikely but thoroughly likable rebels...an offbeat take on the popular culture's vampire obsession."

Publishers Weekly, June 20, 2011

“All goes down well, coupled with Corace’s deft acrylic, watercolor and pen-and-ink images of Gibbus’ humorous process of figuring things out. Get ready for many year-round requests for this “fangtastic” title.”

Kirkus, August 1, 2011

“The illustrations, done in pen, ink with watercolor, and acrylic, are clean and crisp…fun art.”

School Library Journal, September 2011

Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a vampire? Gibbus Moony just lost his baby fangs—and he can't wait for grown-up fangs to grow in his mouth. Now he will never have to be the baby of the family again. Since he is a big vampire, Gibbus wants to bite something—and not be a nectarian (fruit eater) like his parents. So he runs off and bites his gargoyle doll. Then he nibbles on the family photos. Later he gnaws the neck of the Stradivarius violin. But Gibbus still isn't satisfied. He needs to find the perfect bite. So he nibbles his sleeping grandfather. Then he chases after the gardener. Finally he falls into a deep sleep, only to awake to find his nose being pecked and slobbered. What's going on? It turns out Gibbon is being nibbled on by a little girl whose nickname is Mandible. Gibbus and his new friend, Moe, hang out in the tree house together. Moe tells Gibbus, "Biting's for babies." The boys hang out until the crickets start chirping. Finally Gibbus skips home through the shadows. Young readers will enjoy the humorous illustrations and storyline in this fun story. Who can resist a charming vampire like Gibbus Moony? Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—A young vampire is anxious to try out his new fangs on all sots of things, even after his family explains that they are nectarians (fruit suckers). Gibbus wants to chew on his toys, a photo album, a violin. But nothing is satisfying. He next tries his sleeping grandfather's ear, but it's a mere tickle. Outside he tries to bite the gardener but is shooed away like a mosquito. Gibbus is frustrated and falls asleep under a tree. He's awakened by something pecking on his nose. It's a little girl. He decides that she and her brother would be a perfect test for his new fangs. He threatens to bite the boy, who convinces him that biting is for babies. They become friends instead and make plans for the next day. The vampire goes home and announces to his family that he's past his biting stage. The illustrations, done in pen, ink with watercolor, and acrylic, are clean and crisp with very little background. They are also potentially confusing. While Gibbus and his family members are all quite pale and sport fangs, he is the only one with bat cape. Despite the fun art and the positive message, some might feel that this title takes the vampire craze a bit too far.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews

Incorrigible young vampire Gibbus Mooney cannot wait to try out his new grown-up fangs.

He really wants to sink his teeth into "...something big. Something that moved. Something that...noticed." As much as he wants to bite a person's neck, though, his family condemns such bloodsucking behavior. They are proud, fruit-sucking "nectarians." Gibbus has trouble digesting this fact and moodily slinks about the house. He bites into some silly and ultimately unsatisfying objects such as a stuffed gargoyle and a Stradivarius. He tries to startle his grandfather and the gardener but fails to sufficiently scare them. He then sits "under his favorite thinking tree next door," where he nods off until a three-toothed slobbery thing rudely awakens him. It is toddler Mandy—"Mandibles"—who chews on everything, the younger sister of non-vampire boy Moe who has just moved in next door. While Gibbus is first impressed with her, Moe claims with disgust, "Biting's for babies." Suddenly Gibb is more interested in literally hanging out with Moe and happy to be sinking his fangs into a "toothsome" apple. Muir works in quite a few lessons: Biting others is not okay, be open to other points of view and make a friend who is a bit different. And it all goes down well, coupled with Corace's deft acrylic, watercolor and pen-and-ink images of Gibbus' humorous process of figuring things out.

Get ready for many year-round requests for this "fangtastic" title. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416979050
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/9/2011
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,431,971
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Leslie Muir is a writer, painter, and poet. She is the author of Gibbus Moony Wants to Bite You!, illustrated by Jen Corace; forthcoming Barry B. Wary (Disney-Hyperion, May 2011), to be illustrated by Carrie Gifford, and The Little Bitty Bakery (Disney-Hyperion, August 2011), to be illustrated by Betsy Lewin. Leslie lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two sons.You can visit her at lesliemuir.com.

Jen Corace is the illustrator of Little Pea, Little Hoot, and Little Oink by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration. She also creates fine art, with a focus on the Victorian and Edwardian eras. You can visit her at jencorace.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    I read this to my class (3rd grade), and this is one of the bett

    I read this to my class (3rd grade), and this is one of the better children's books that have come out recently. My whole class loved it!
    I am going to read more of Leslie's books to my class.

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  • Posted September 21, 2011

    Super cute non scary vampire book!

    I wanted to by a fun Halloween themed book for my nephew's 4th birthday that wouldn't be too scary or too typical. My co-worker at Barnes & Noble, who works in the Children's Dept, suggested Gibbus Moony to me. I loved it immediately. Gibbus comes from a long line of nectarians (fruit eaters) and has just lost his baby vampire teeth. The illustrations are almost tongue in cheek hilarious. My 8 yr old niece read a family story time to us and her 4 (and a 1/2) yr old brother cracked up with giggles when he saw the illustration of Gibb's parents dancing. My favorite illustration is the hallway photos of the non-nectarian distant relatives and Grandpa's explanation of their behavior. But Gibbus finds out on his own with the help of a new friend and his scary teething younger sister that biting is not dignified adult behavior, it is, in fact, for babies! PS And the birthday boy begged his mom to read the book again to him before bed time.

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