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Wisniewski, David.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [2002]

Physical Description:
71 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Five stories offer comical rewrites of well-known horror movies.
Curse of the werewuss -- Frankenstein's hamster -- Attack of the space toupees -- I forgot what you did last summer -- The abominable showman.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.8 0.5 64104.
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Get ready to shriek...with laughter! Within these covers lurk five horror spoofs just waiting to tickle your funny bone. Can it survive the shaggy shenanigans of "Frankenstein's Hamster"? Can it endure the galactic giggles of "Attack of the Space Toupees"? Yes, you say... Well, grab your popcorn! The lights are going down! The curtains are going up! It's time for the first showing of... Halloweenies!

Author Notes

Children's writer and illustrator David Wisniewski was born in England and joined the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Clown College.

Wisniewski began the Clarion Theater Show after combining his circus and puppet talents with those of his wife.

He has received two Jim Henson Foundation Grants, a Citation of Excellence from the Union Internationale de Marionette, and a Caldecott Award for his book, Golem.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-5. This Halloween anthology is lots of screwy fun--from the expressions on the faces of the kids who are watching these five dramas in a movie theatre to the bizarre characters in the "feature productions." Wisniewski's sturdy, black-and-white cartoons are carefully detailed and full of over-the-top comedy, as are the fractured horror tales he zestfully retells, relating them without the nose-picking and farting jokes so often shopped to this age group. In "Frankenstein's Hamster," the foolish baron is "a tall man with impressive bruises from low-flying aircraft." Ramona Twinge, General Curtis Malaise (will third graders get this?), Private Driveway, and Duk Pin Bo Ling are among the characters populating such madcap retellings as "Attack of the Space Toupees," and "Curse of the Werewuss." Wisniewski has obviously drawn on the kid in himself for these stories, and he gives youngsters a wild, good time. --Stephanie Zvirin

Publisher's Weekly Review

In five stories modeled on creature-feature movies, Wisniewski, working more in the vein of his The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups than his Caldecott-winning Golem, warms up old gags. Pen-and-inks of three movie-going boys imply the intended audience, and so do lowbrow jokes about a castle's "big buttress" and a sherpa named "Duk Pin Bo Ling." A pushy cosmetologist turns a werewolf into a "werewuss," and, in "Attack of the Space Toupees," the wives of exclusively male government officials thwart a UFO plot (the vanquished aliens respond with sinister "space girdles"). Ages 7-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Those students who devour Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" series (Scholastic) will love this book. Wisniewski has taken five popular horror films and written comical revisions illustrated with numerous black-and-white cartoons. The "Feature Presentations" are: "Curse of the Werewuss," "Frankenstein's Hamster," "Attack of the Space Toupees," "I Forgot What You Did Last Summer," and "The Abominable Showman." There are numerous puns ("the engine started smoking even though it knew it was bad for it"), and the black-and-white pictures guarantee lots of giggles. However, some may question the sensitivity of including such comments as, "I've got more chins than a Chinese phone book." Even those who are not familiar with the movies will find these rewrites funny.-Jean Lowery, Bishop Woods Elementary School, New Haven, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.