"The latest in Anderson's madcap pastiche series takes on the undead of upstate New York.... The layers of nonsense grow ever thicker and funnier as our heroes encounter a haunted theater that advertises "comical skits...Ha! Ha! Ha!”, a ghost actress from French-occupied Russia (or was that Russia-occupied France?) and a giant Adirondack tarantula. Ridiculous in all the best ways." --Kirkus Reviews,
September 15, 2011
"This fifth book in Anderson’s good-humored satirical series gives new life—er, death?—to the paranormal horror novel and emphasizes the importance of reading comprehension if one is to avoid becoming a flesh-eating ghoul.… Kurt Cyrus’s black-and-white illustrations aptly combine the hair-raising with the tongue-in-cheek; e.g., zombies in matching “I’m with Stupid” T-shirts."
--The Horn Book,
"Anderson tucks in an oversize spider, a squirt gun that shoots holy water, and even a touch of romance, while Cyrus adds spooky illustrations to another action-packed episode in the Pals in Peril series."
October 15, 2011
"This kind of fresh new addition to the series--not to mention its many laugh-out-loud moments throughout--is the reason kids will want to keep checking in with Lily, Jasper and Katie to see what fresh brand of horror and hilarity they'll stumble upon next."
About the Author
M.T. Anderson is the author of the Pals in Peril series; The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing
, which won the National Book Award; The Game of Sunken Places
; Burger Wuss
; and Feed
, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, a Boston Globe-Horn Book
Honor Book, and the winner of the Los Angeles Times
Book Award for Young Adults. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Visit him at MT-Anderson.com.
Kurt Cyrus has illustrated numerous picture books, including Buddy: The Story of Buddy Holly
by Anne Bustard; Mammoths on the Move
by Lisa Wheeler; and his own Turtle Rex
and Hotel Deep: Light Verse from Dark Water
. He lives in Cottage Grove, Oregon.