Entrepreneurs learn a lesson or two from a resourceful young artiste in Holleyman's saucy follow-up to Mona the Vampire. When Mona decides her beat-up old bike needs replacing, she and her devoted cat, Fang, raise cash by opening a beauty salon. Mona puts on her ``special hairdressing clothes'' and hangs up hand-painted advertisements. ``For a small fee paid in advance, I will transform you!'' she promises her unsuspecting friends as Fang looks on with a gleam in his eye. The industrious girl's makeovers are effected with a cake-decorating kit, shaving cream and other supplies (``Mona was amazed by all the wonderful things she could do with a hair dryer and a bar of medicated soap''), but Mona's ``brilliance'' frightens her less daring customers, whom she ties to chairs lest they run away. Holleyman's illustration style is not unrelated to Babette Cole's: if Holleyman's compositions are slightly less fluid, she shares Cole's penchant for gangly, wide-eyed eccentrics and vibrant colors, and her work, like Cole's, exudes an irresistibly rakish charm. Ages 5-9. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/28/1993 Release date: 07/01/1993 Genre: Children's
During the Covid-19 crisis, Publishers Weekly is providing free digital access to our magazine, archive, and website. To receive the access to the latest issue delivered to your inbox free each week, enter your email below.