Fangsgiving

Ethan Long. Bloomsbury, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-68119-825-5

In Long’s third book to feature the green-and-purple-hued Fright Club monsters, Vampire Vladimir and his friends are busy preparing a Thanksgiving feast. Then, the vampire’s extended family members make an unexpected appearance. Though “it was a happy reunion,” they bring some chaos to the gathering. Aunt Bessy makes her own mashed potatoes with eyeballs and earwax (not garlic); commandeering the turkey, Uncle Gus “cooked it to death”; and just when they are about to sit down to eat, slobbery dog Spike devours everything. Vladimir hits his breaking point: “You ruined Thanksgiving!” But family is family, and the motley group of monsters work together to improvise a new meal. Holidays don’t always go as planned, Long asserts, and that’s okay. Ages 3–6. [em](Sept.) [/em]