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Grade 1-4–Boris Kleanitoff is terrifyingly tidy while Bella Lagrossi is monstrously messy. These neighbors don't get along until a Halloween dance brings them together. The story of this monster romance is predictable, but told with tongue-tickling prose. The description of the party is characteristically spunky, as "Cy Clops bebopped and the Fang flip-flopped. The Boogeyman boogied while the trolls twirled round." Grimly's illustrations, which are similar to those in Marilyn Singer's Monster Museum (Hyperion, 2001), perfectly complement the text. The characters are creatively drawn with ink and watercolor in subdued hues. Young readers will delight in the ghoulish details like the "Pizza Glut" box in Bella's house and the shrunken heads by the punch bowl at the shindig. This is a bewitching choice for libraries looking to boost their Halloween offerings.–Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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K-Gr. 2. Bella Lagrossi, with dirty dress and sticky hair, is the messiest monster in Booville. Her neighbor, Boris Kleanitoff, is, well, clean. Naturally, they're not very neighborly, but when each decides to have a Halloween party, they find a common enemy, Henry Beastie, who's throwing a shindig of his own. All their mutual monsters are going there; no one wants to go to a party at a house so dirty--or so clean. An infuriated Bella and Boris head off individually to give Harry a piece of their minds, but they wind up together, on the dance floor, and then holding hands in the moonlight. 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. Ilene Cooper
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My boys love this book. It is a classic. Book was shipped in excellent condition and quickly from seller.Published 2 months ago by KK
This is a great silly book for Halloween. My daughter (age 3) loves Halloween (it's her favorite holiday) and I checked out this book from the library for her. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Brynnlux
Boris and Bella is a great story for children. Boris is "persnickedy" and Bella is the "queen of unclean" but they learn how very different people can become fast... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Karen Modlin
My 7 year old daughter loves Halloween and this is one of her favorite books.Published 12 months ago by John F.
A really neat book about vamps and ghouls and great illustration. The illustrator is awesome and I have quite a few of his works.Published 17 months ago by Marilyn Lee