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Overview

No rattling bones about it. There's never been a horror book like this one before. A madcap spoof on tales of terror, this clever meeting of broomsticks and slapstick, monsters and mischief is so funny, it's scary. Just how funny, you ask? Let's just say a "RIP"ping good time is in store for those who know a good joke (or a devilishly bad one) when they hear it. And, how scary? This comedy of horrors promises to leave even cowards screeeaaming for more.

Completely original, wickedly zany, this hilarious tongue-in-cheek collection of silly spine tinglers and spooky rib ticklers is Kevin O'Malley at his ghoulish best.

An illustrated collection of scary stories with humorous endings, featuring such elements as a boy being followed home by a coffin, a rapping noise in a haunted house, and strange intruders at the front door.

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“Warning: this book may be addictive to children, or anyone who has ever attended summer camp. In a hilarious send-up of the horror genre, O’Malley brushes off the corniest, silliest,creakiest old chestnuts on the face of the planet and recycles them with pizzazz in picture-book format.”—Publishers Weekly

“Kids will eat this up.”—School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Warning: this book may be addictive to children, or anyone who has ever attended summer camp. In a hilarious send-up of the horror genre, O'Malley brushes off the corniest, silliest, creakiest old chestnuts (remember the one about the "Vindow Viper?") on the face of the planet and recycles them with pizzazz in picture-book format. Sporting a silk smoking jacket and seated in an armchair, an unctuous narrator (he's part Peter Lorre, part Orson Welles) maintains a running patter ("I saw you. You were scared, weren't you?") while reading selections from such venerable tomes as "Badly Messed Up Fairy Tales." His sarcastic canine sidekick, meanwhile, holds up placards with sentiments like "This guy's about 3 feet short of a yard!" In addition to pseudo-scary campfire tales, O'Malley mixes it up with bad puns and the kinds of jokes that regularly make the rounds of elementary school classrooms, knitting it all together in a visual tour de force that includes full-page vistas of such truly frightening items as a plate of mixed vegetables and a rotten report card. Skewed perspectives, eyeball-to-eyeball close-ups, and lively typeface that lurches and swooshes its way across the pages are just a few of the elements that make this book such fun. Grab the nearest second-grader and dive in. Ages 5-8. (Sept.)
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"In a hilarious send-up of the horror genre, O'Malley brushes off the corniest, silliest, creakiest old chestnuts on the face of the planet and recycles them with pizzazz," said PW. Ages 5-8. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
For the sophisticated young reader, this book is a hoot. From the warning on the front cover to those spread throughout the book, kids are told that this tale will be scary and they should stop, yes stop reading. Well, what could be more enticing. The visual humor is great with plenty going on in the pictures and the text is just as silly. A perfect choice for Halloween or anytime.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3O'Malley takes tongue-in-cheek humor and combines it with loony Halloween horror in this current entry in the upside-down and inside-out genre of storytelling. The author has used for his inspiration those silly, scary tales that children delight in telling and hearing around a campfire. In the first story, a boy is chased by a coffin; when he arrives home, he grabs a box, throws a cough drop at the coffin, "AND the coffin stopped." The classic wrapping-paper routine is here, along with some genuinely scary items like a plate of mixed vegetables and a report card full of "Fs." Full-color illustrations depict lots of screaming mouths and wide-open eyes. An energetic page design and various fonts and type sizes provide visual appeal while a dog, a mouse, and some flies add commentaries, asides, and bad puns. Kids will eat this up.Susan Pine, New York Public Library
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A comic book in picture-book clothing, more akin to MAD magazine than to anything by Sendak, Macaulay, Van Allsburg, or other practicioners of the form.

A heavy-lidded, mustachioed host in an armchair, wearing a Steve Martinstyle fake arrow through his head, introduces campfire stories and other old chestnuts, for example, about the man who ominously announces his impending visit on the telephone: "I am the Viper." Of course, he turns out to be the viper who has come to vash the vindows. A section of bad jokes breaks whatever tension might be in the air: blood-drinking, bathroom humor, a lice joke. Most children will have heard it all on the playground, but none of it is worth immortalization in this format. Typeface mania, dialogue balloons, and droll commentary by a dog do not alter the book's low origins and utter lack of originality.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802775689
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 10.56 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin O'Malley has been amassing high praise and impressive awards for his hilarious, kid-friendly picture books, including numerous starred reviews and two School Library Journal Best Books of the Year. He is also the illustrator and coauthor of the best-selling Miss Malarkey series for Walker & Company. Kevin lives in Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife and two sons.

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