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Puns Spooken Here: Word Play for Halloween    by Richard Lederer order for
Puns Spooken Here
by Richard Lederer
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Gibbs Smith, 2006 (2006)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Richard Lederer, the author of Get Thee to a Punnery, is back with seasonal puns and riddles in Puns Spooken Here: Word Play for Halloween. He starts by introducing punnery as a 'rewording experience' that 'challenges us to apply the greatest pressure per square syllable of language.' He then cooks up a punderful Halloween menu - from Brain Muffins to Spook-ghetti - and provides brief histories of the Irish and Druidic origins of the holiday and its folklore. As in his other punny books, the author includes a variety of word games (answers included). And Jim McLean's cheeky black and white sketches enliven the word play with images of ghosties and ghoulies and things that go bump in the night.

In addition to spooks and puns, Lederer offers a series of pun-stories here - read them carefully to catch all the innuendos, as in this description of a guest at a 'spirited Halloween ball' - 'One of the apparitions was dressed in red and green. He was a Christmas wraith.' Further chapters of this little orange book focus on different varieties of Halloween frights - Funny Bones, Lifestyles of the Witch and Famous, Word Prey in a Jugular Vein, Puns that Keep us in Stitches, More Movie Monsters, and Ghoulishness. Did you know a skeleton's favorite musical instrument is the trombone? Or what happens when identical twin witches are born? (You can't tell which witch is which.) Or that Ghouls Just Want to Have Fun is a monster's favorite song?

Bone up on all these and more old and new favorites in seasonal humor in this spooky 'Bill of Frights' ... as the Egyptian funeral home promises, 'Satisfaction guaranteed or your mummy back!'

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