Synopses & Reviews
Place: the castle andlt;BRandgt; Time: late andlt;BRandgt; Event: the Madcap Monster Ball, andlt;BRandgt; the rockin'-est andlt;BRandgt; knee-knockin'-est andlt;BRandgt; beboppin'-est andlt;BRandgt; party of them all. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; It's impossible to sleep through. andlt;BRandgt; Just ask the prince andlt;BRandgt; Or his off-the-wall princess andlt;BRandgt; Or any of their seven andlt;BRandgt; (count 'em, seven) andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; andlt;bandgt;Boogie Knights.andlt;/bandgt;
"It's midnight and all the mischievous spirits that haunt the castle are in a partying mood: 'Wizards wiggle!/ Ghostlings giggle!/ Demons do their thing!' As the party progresses, seven knights (whose names include Sir Loin and Sir Prize) find themselves unable to resist the siren call to get jiggy. Wheeler and Siegel (who previously collaborated on Seadogs) have created a entire population of lively characters, from 'go-go goblins' to mummies and serpents that mambo and samba. In a pictorial subplot, two reader surrogates a little prince who nervously spies on the action and a winsome ghost princess who emerges from a painting find each other and become dance partners. Siegel's artistic versatility is equally impressive and fun: his drawings range from doodled portraits that seem ripped from a sketchpad to handsome chiaroscuro vignettes that slyly spoof the gothic aesthetic. A freewheeling rhyme scheme and judicious use of color amp up the party atmosphere, though the text and visual elements don't always come together cohesively and can compete to be a focal point. Still, this romp is a cut abovestandard Halloween fare. Ages 4 8." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"A pitch-perfect Halloween-time poem...Siegel's tinted charcoal-and-pencil illustrations are charming and fun, and the energetic design is as movin' and groovin' as a Madcap Monster Ball should be." -- andlt;iandgt;Kirkus Reviewsandlt;/iandgt;, starred review
"The cartoon illustrations perfectly catch all of the high-flying whimsy with small figures dancing and whirling across each double-page spread...readers will want to return so as not to miss any of the amusing details. Perfect for Halloween or any time the spirits need a lift." -- andlt;iandgt;Booklistandlt;/iandgt;, starred review
"Wheeler's rhythmic text is filled with taut rhymes, alliteration, and vivid images. The raucous verses detail the events and spirit of the upbeat party with lively zeal, while the narrative's wordplay makes it worthy of repeated readings...Siegel's sophisticated, graphic-novel-style artwork also demands a second look...[his art] cleverly underscore the plot elements and keep the pages interesting. Kids will eat this one up and beg for more." -- andlt;iandgt;School Library Journalandlt;/iandgt;, starred review
In this rip-roaring picture book, readers are invited to the party of the year, as all monsters large and small throw the most outrageous, most bodacious bash of them all--the Madcap Monster Ball. Full color.
About the Author
Lisa Wheeler has written eighteen books for children, including andlt;iandgt;The Pet Projectandlt;/iandgt;, illustrated by Zachariah OHora, and theandlt;iandgt; andlt;/iandgt;hilarious andlt;iandgt;Spinster Gooseandlt;/iandgt;, illustrated by Sophie Blackall. She lives with her family in Addison, Michigan. Visit her online at LisaWheelerBooks.com.andlt;Bandgt;Mark Siegelandlt;/Bandgt; was inspired by Cynthia Rylant's melodious homage to moonlit nights to take many long walks with only the full moon as his guide. The wonderfully atmospheric illustrations in andlt;Iandgt;Long Night Moonandlt;/Iandgt; reflect many of the things he discovered on those nocturnal hikes. An up-and-coming visual artist and an aspiring author, Mark spends his days designing books for children. His first book, Lisa Wheeler's andlt;Iandgt;Seadogs,andlt;/Iandgt; was published earlier this year. He lives with his wife, Siena, in New York.