Gibbus Moony Wants to Bite You!by Leslie Muir
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 fang-tabulous to/i>
Move over Edward Cullen! There’s a new cute vampire in town.
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 fang-tabulous to sink his teeth into. Humor, heart, and charming illustrations make this a toothsome treat for Halloween promotions and beyond!
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
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)
- Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
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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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.
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.