"I'm Simon Lester Henry Strauss, / and I'm not afraid of this haunted house," says Simon as he drags his friends through a horror-filled haunted house. While they quail at the likes of a Vampire feast, a moving floor, a spider-eating goblin and a Frankenstein wedding (where the bride can't find her face), Simon just laughs. He withstands every shock the house has to offer and boasts he's looking forward to next year . . . until he sees a mouse and runs away as his friends laugh at him. Listeners will delight in the gruesome details of both the illustrations and the rhymed text. Some adults might wince at the blood, brains, guts and veins served at the reception after Frankenstein's wedding or the swimming pool full of blood, but school-age audiences will eat this up. Murfin's pictures, which really steal the show, seem a mixture of Nickelodeon's AHHH! Real Monsters
and Hey, Arnold!
A great, gross addition to Halloween collections of all sizes. (Picture book. 5-10)Read full book review >