The Gargoyle on the Roof

Jack Prelutsky, Author, Peter Sis, Illustrator
Jack Prelutsky, Author, Peter Sis, Illustrator Greenwillow Books $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-688-09643-4
Reviewed on: 08/30/1999
Release date: 09/01/1999
Library Binding - 40 pages - 978-0-688-16553-6
Paperback - 39 pages - 978-0-06-085286-3
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Prelutsky and S s (The Dragons Are Singing Tonight; Monday's Troll) are at it again, concocting another spine-tingling brew of humorous verse and witty illustrations toasting gruesome ghouls. Celebrating gremlins, griffins and basilisks as well as more garden-variety monsters, Prelutsky's poems are filled with nimble word-play and shameless puns (quips a formerly lonely troll newly equipped with a telephone, ""Feel free to call me, night or day/ .../ I've got a troll-free number""). Whether reciting the laments of an aging werewolf or observing a vampire's daily grooming habits (""When I look into the mirror,/ My reflection's never there./ So I always stare at nothing/ As I shave and comb my hair""), his rhymes never fail to amuse. S s's ethereal oil and gouache illustrations, with their elegantly designed borders and finely cross-hatched detail, play up the inherent humor while bringing a touch of sophistication to the silliness, and he ties the pages together visually with an antique-like ochre frame around each scene. This is another winner from a pair of seasoned collaborators, and fans can only hope they keep them coming. Ages 6-up. (Sept.)
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