Lisa Wheeler & Mark Segal
Atheneum, 2008 (2008)
Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch
love books that cleverly play on words, such as the adorable
. In this fun book, a Madcap Monsters Ball is secretly taking place in a castle, where werewolves hustle and zombies bustle, and all the while, the knights in shining armor (all brothers) are asleep upstairs.
ne by one, the knights are awakened (either by a banshee, by a monstrous melody, by a courtly sneeze, etc.) and come downstairs to join the party. The name of each knight is what made me chuckle: Sir Veillance, Sir Prize, Sir Loin, Sir Round, Sir Ender, Sir Vivor, and, the funniest in my opinion, Sir Cumference.
little boy (who reminds me a little of Calvin from the famed comic strip
Calvin and Hobbes
) is a witness to the fun. The jazzy language and playful, dusky illustrations make for a terrific read-aloud:
"It's getting late,"
tough Sir Loin states.
"Our honor is at stake."
He heads right down
with wide Sir Round ...
and now they shimmy-shake.
Demons do their thing.
See that hunchback swing!
his is one of the most creative and entertaining picture books I've read in a long time. Not all books for children need to contain a message or moral: this one is purely for fun.
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