SPOOKY FRIENDS by Jane Feder
Kirkus Star

SPOOKY FRIENDS

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 5 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Vampire Scarlet and mummy Igor are very good friends. “The trouble was, they could never agree on anything.”

In the first chapter, the two friends’ interests rarely mesh. “If Igor wanted to read, Scarlet wanted to sing. If Scarlet wanted to nap, Igor wanted to dance. / When Igor made a tall tower, Scarlet made it short.” It comes as no surprise that they want different kinds of sandwiches when it’s time for a snack. Alternating shouts for “gooseberry jelly” and “chestnut butter” grow increasingly louder until the friends hit upon the obvious solution. The second chapter finds them heatedly debating what name would be perfect for their pet cat’s new kitten. When they discover a litter of eight, all the names they have come up with are put to good use. The final chapter is one of artistic differences. After an art duel that produces colorful shapes and a “tree with branches,” they arrange their separate pieces to form a lovely display that has one last blank spot. Readers will cheer when they see how the two buddies have filled it. Feder masterfully employs repetition of the more challenging words throughout the perfectly paced text, while Downing charmingly captures every mercurial emotion in the detailed ballpoint pen, watercolor and digital illustrations.

Move over, Frog and Toad, to make room for this delightful new title. (Early reader. 5-8)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-545-47815-1
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Scholastic
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2013




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