Gr 2-4-Combining humor and gentle spookiness, this is a graphic novel for the Halloween season. The three stories take place on the same night. In "Broom with a View," a girl accidentally ends up with a real witch's broom, leading to a magical experience. In "10,000 Tentacles Under the Tub," two boys find their post-trick-or-treating bath transformed into an undersea world. The final story, "The Fang Gang," follows a group of friends as they end up in Dracula's mansion on the scariest night of the year. Although the Halloween setting ties everything together, these selections function chiefly as stand-alone tales, their tone is more likely to elicit smiles than shivers. The full-color cartoon illustrations are appealing and nicely match the mood of the book. An economical use of dialogue allows the artwork to do the bulk of the storytelling. Brisk, entertaining, and easy to enjoy, this is a good choice for children looking for something light on Halloween.-Travis Jonker, Wayland Union Schools, MIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
What happened on this one spooky night? In this fun trio of interwoven comics, young readers follow six trick-or-treaters on their Halloween adventures. In “Broom with a View,” Giselle finds the perfect accessory for her witchy costume, but when she bumps into another hag on the way out, who’s to say which broom is hers? Aspiring Aqua-Heroes and twin brothers Anthony and Alexander give their dad a hard time in “10,000 Tentacles under the Tub.” Last but not least, Gemma, Hiroko, Jobeth, and Malaya make some new friends in “The Fang Gang.” With hungry friends like these, who needs enemies? These quick, cute, gentle, snappy, and sassy holiday comics are a great transitional read for those moving out of Babymouse territory into something a little more sophisticated yet still safe. This title would be perfect for fans of Scary Godmother (2010), by Jill Thompson. Grades 3-5. --Candice MackSee all Editorial Reviews