1561452416 USED BOOK in good condition| No supplements| Normal wear to cover, edges, spine, corners, and pages | Writing / highlighting | Inventory stickers | Satisfaction ...guaranteed!Read moreShow Less
The text is a simple series of questions asked by our young hero, with answers from a weird-looking goblin and the repetitious title as refrain, all contained in odd-shaped balloons. While his family goes obliviously about its business, the boy follows the goblin's wild and ravenous trail of destruction through the house. Hess uses this meager text as a basis for creating a series of double-page, surreal, color-framed paintings to enhance the tension of the increasingly nasty happenings. The "grisly, ghastly goblin" is an odd combination of parts, the most threatening of which are several teeth that overlap his lips. The settings, typically suburban, are projected from odd angles with combinations that make them appear spooky, but it's all in good fun. The socko, foldout, one-two punch ending is sure to delight. 2001, Peachtree Publishers, $15.95. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-This question-and-response story begins as a young boy playing with his ball in his front yard happens upon a "grisly, ghastly goblin." Through text set in dialogue balloons, he asks the creature about his physical characteristics. Most of his big and strong features are attributed to causing mischief or destruction ("Why have you got such mighty shoulders? Knocking out windows, knocking down doors") and his scrawny features such as his skinny thighs are because he is "Hungry! Hungry! Hungry!" The imaginative, whimsical, and colorful pictures are full of details to be discovered. The goblin is a very scary character, but he comes full circle in a friendly and amiable conclusion after a potentially frightening situation is avoided. The text is positioned at varying angles that may be confusing for young readers and awkward for adults, and there is a slight British slant to the language, but the story will be enjoyed by young monster enthusiasts.-Genevieve Ceraldi, New York Public Library Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.