Synopses & Reviews
The "Monster Mash" was a graveyard smash--and now it's a picture book by David Catrow!
The "Monster Mash" gets Wolf Man, zombies, and other monsters to dance and party in this catchy, classic song. Dracula rises out of his coffin, vampires feast in the master bedroom, and the ghouls get a jolt from Boris's electrodes.
This "graveyard smash" caught on in a flash, and it became the hit of the land. The song, written in 1962 by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and Lenny Capizzi, has gone on to sell over 4 million copies. Fifty years later, David Catrow takes it to new heights as a picture book, with his fun and wacky illustrations that are sure to get kids singing and "mashing" along.
"In this homage to the 1962 classic Halloween song, a blobby scientist is working in his lab when his Hollywood-style Frankenstein's monster starts dancing the Monster Mash. Soon he's joined by Wolfman, Dracula, guitar-playing skeletons (the Crypt-Kicker Five), and creatures with an assortment of tentacles, pincers, horns, and eyes. Catrow's outlandish aesthetic is well suited to the absurdity of the song's lyrics, and he doesn't hold back his oozing, decaying, sharp-fanged creations may well prove too scary for more timid readers. Braver kids, though, should still find it a graveyard smash. Ages 3 8. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for Max Spaniel: FUNNY LUNCH
"Catrow's watercolor illustrations are exuberant and clever, full of humorous details that kids will love to discover."-SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
Max Spaniel: DINOSAUR HUNT was a 2010 Maryland Blue Crab Beginning Fiction Honor Book.
About the Author
David Catrow is the award-winning illustrator of numerous books for children, including the Max Spaniel series, MONSTER MASH, and TAKE ME OUT OF THE BATHTUB AND OTHER SILLY DILLY SONGS. He lives in Springfield, Ohio, with his wife, Debbie, and their dogs.