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Boris and Bellaby Carolyn Crimi and Gris Grimly
"Grimly's illustrations (part Steadman, part Burton, part Addams, all fantastic) make author Crimi's odd-couple tale a Halloween treat. If only we could persuade the team to tackle Christmas and St. Valentine's day next..."
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Bella Legrossi is the messiest monster in all of Booville. Her slime is the slimiest and her grime is the grimiest. Alas, she is neighbors with Boris Kleanitoff, a persnickety ghoul so tidy he vacuums his vampire bats. What could ever bring these two together?
It will take a Halloween party like no other — a full creature-feature of beasts, ghosts, and creepy-crawlies — and some of the fanciest dance moves since Morrie Mummy shook a leg clean off. So grab a mug of ghoul drool and join the fun!
Wicked wit Carolyn Crimi and illustrator Gris Grimly have put their heads together (along with a few they found in the graveyard) and cooked up the funniest, funkiest, and out-and-out freakiest monster mash you've ever seen!
"There's a real story here, one that has lots of fun with its odd-couple theme and provides plenty of word-plays ('boo-ffet'). The stylish design works well with the sophisticated ink-and-wash artwork that has a hint of Charles Addams ghoulishness. Quite unique." Booklist
"Grimly's illustrations...perfectly complement the text. The characters are creatively drawn with ink and watercolor in subdued hues....This is a bewitching choice for libraries looking to boost their Halloween offerings." School Library Journal
"[A] boo-tiful friendship tale....[An]
"Although the linguistic inventiveness is sure to create smiles, more profound humor is generated by the colored ink and watercolor drawings, which provide the details of our protagonists' lives. Even Halloween clichés like gauze-wrapped mummies and peripatetic bats are given fresh twists." Children's Literature
Bella Legrossi is the messiest of monsters in all of Booville. Alas, she is neighbors with Boris Kleanitoff, a persnickety ghoul so tidy he vacuums up his vampire bats. What could ever bring these two together? Full color.
A monstrously funny tale of friends and fiends
About the Author
Carolyn Crimi is the author of four other picture books, including Tessa's Tip-Tapping Toes, illustrated by Marsha Gray Carrington, and Don't Need Friends, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. She haunts Chicago.
Gris Grimly is the illustrator of Monster Museum by Marilyn Singer, as well as his own Gris Grimly's Wicked Nursery Rhymes. He lurks in Los Angeles.
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