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Valensteins Hardcover – Picture Book, December 19, 2017
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Something strange is in the air on this dark, cold night.
The members of Fright Club are always ready to scare, but tonight Fran K. Stein has something else on his mind. He's busy making something, and the other monsters want to know what it is.
Could it be a mask with fangs? A big pink nose? Or maybe a paper butt? No . . . it's a Valentine!
That means one thing . . . EEEEK!! Is Fran in love? What could be scarier than falling in love?!?
In this hilariously spooky story by Geisel Award-winning author and illustrator Ethan Long, even the scariest of monsters have true feelings.
From School Library Journal
"Long's dark, ghostly palette sets an appropriately eerie mood, and he has a lot of fun with the cuddly animals' reign of terror. . . Don’t worry about what goes bump in the night, Long seems to suggest--daylight can be plenty scary, too." - Publishers Weekly on FRIGHT CLUB
"Long delivers an original story full of droll humor while also introducing the concept of questioning stereotypes and rules. . . Long ably proves that 'when it comes to scaring, the more the merrier.'" - Kirkus Reviews on FRIGHT CLUB
"Silly but entertaining." - School Library Journal on FRIGHT CLUB
"It’s a funny Halloween concept that delivers." - The Horn Book on FRIGHT CLUB
"The lighthearted tone makes this Halloween tale a perfect pick for younger children. Monster names such as Virginia Wolf and Mumford N. Suns will entertain the adults as well." - Booklist on FRIGHT CLUB
"Doubling as a baby book and an early reader, this book about the ups and downs of avian rivalry succeeds abundantly on both fronts." - The New York Times on UP! TALL! AND HIGH!
- Publisher : Bloomsbury USA Childrens (December 19, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1619634333
- ISBN-13 : 978-1619634336
- Reading age : 3 - 6 years
- Lexile measure : AD470L
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 15.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 11.1 x 0.39 x 10 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #568,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The book draws on the same wonderfully entertaining characters from “Fright Club,” and tackles a truly lovely subject matter, “Love.”
Fran K. Stein is preparing a Valentine for his love interest. The other characters, (Witch, Mummy, Ghost, Vampire) just don’t know what to make of it.
They don’t know what a heart is and are trying to guess.
One of the more “mature” characters, a Bunny, understands and the group has a diversity of opinions about what love is and what it is worth.
Ethan Long uses wonderfully detailed illustrations, and provides a light touch and humorous story that has a nice and valuable lesson in it about the nature of love.
I recommend this book to anyone with small children, especially around Valentines Day or Halloween. I expect to be gifting this book for years to come.