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.)
Reviewed on: 08/30/1999 Release date: 09/01/1999 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.