- Age Range: 4 and up
- Series: Scary Godmother (Book 4)
- Hardcover: 48 pages
- Publisher: Sirius Entertainment; 1st US Edition 1st Printing edition (October 10, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1579890385
- ISBN-13: 978-1579890384
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.5 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,806,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Scary Godmother: The Boo Flu Hardcover – October 10, 2000
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*Starred Review* It’s not every day you see a work that manages to capture universal themes and imagery in a distinct and wonderfully sophisticated style, and that reinvents the familiar in a wild crackle of creative energy. But you’ll see it four times over in this new collection compiling all four of Thompson’s original Scary Godmother stories plus extra goodies. Told in often-rhyming prose and word balloons on vibrant pages that balance a visually lavish picture book aesthetic with sequential-art page composition, the stories burst with complex color tones and creepy cartoon figures. Whether little Hannah is giving the mean big kids a scare with the help of Scary Godmother, putting a stop to cousin Jimmy’s Grinchian plan to stop Halloween from coming, helping find out who Scary Godmother’s secret admirer is, or taking over Halloween chores when the Boo Flu strikes, the wonder of secret childhood friends and the thrill of ghosts and goblins are magically evoked and rendered. With a sense of weird, Seussian fun, Thompson casts Halloween monsters as the most inviting group of playmates ever, and young readers will want to visit them again and again. This book deserves a prime place in every graphic novel collection. Grades 3-5. --Jesse Karp --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Jill Thompson, a graduate of the American Academy of Art in downtown Chicago, has spent all of her adult life and most of her youth drawing comics, having worked as a professional in the field since the ripe old age of 15. Over the years she has garnered critical acclaim on titles such as THE SANDMAN, SWAMP THING and WONDER WOMAN. She still lives and works in Chicago, where she is currently developing new SCARY GODMOTHER stories.
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Top Customer Reviews
But I do love Halloween, and when Dark Horse put out a collected version of "Scary Godmother" I figured I would give it a shot at last.
I am officially a convert. "Scary Godmother" is a perfect work. Jill Thompson's art is so mind-blowingly beautiful that I was studying each page in detail wondering how she achieved such magnificent colors. Seriously, this is some of the best painted art work I have ever seen in a comic. The balance of her cutesty style with the Halloween theme mixes just right, with dancing skeletons, looming vampires and a pack of rambunctious kids all jumbled together in pages that burst with energy and fun. This is the kind of book I wish I had grown up on as a kid, and has a place in every home that loves Halloween fun.
This hardcover edition collects the previously released Scary Godmother,The Revenge of Jimmy,The Mystery Date,The Boo Flu and "Tea for Orson." The stories follow Hannah Marie, a little girl who is afraid of Halloween until she meets the Scary Godmother who shows her just how much fun ghosts and ghouls can be. After their initial meeting, Hannah Marie and her friends look forward to Scary Godmother's visits every year just like the kids in the Rankin-Bass cartoon look forward to the return of Frosty the Snowman.
The stories are a mix of comic-book style with word balloons, and a more traditional children's book style with illustrated text. If you are a fan of the Halloween genre Thompson gives you some nods here and there, with the Grinch's smile showing up. This is not Tim Burton's Halloween-town, which I appreciated because I have seen too many derivative works from Burton's classic. Aside from the purposeful references, this is all Thompson's creativity at work.
Included in the back are a few pages of Thompson's sketches and ideas for the series, including her animation studies she did for the Scary Godmother animated specials. It was cool that Dark Horse let her include work she did for Sirius Comics including a series of Halloween Cards that Thompson produced.
This is not a complete collection. Thompson has done more "Scary Godmother" comics including Ghoul's Out for Summer, "Halloween Spooktakular" Wild About Harry, and Spooktacular Stories. Hopefully, Dark Horse has a follow-up volume in the works, and I know it will have a place at my house come Halloween.
The Scary Godmother is a cross between a comic book and a story book with richly detailed, painted illustration and some panel to panel storytelling and word balloons. The characters are Fun Scary and children of all ages will love it. The main character is a cross between your fairy godmother and a Halloween witch, with a striped witch's hat and stockings and a black tu tu and little purple bat's wings! It's definitely a book that children will want to be read again and again. (believe me, I know.) It is also for those who simply love Halloween and the quirky side of things. Think Charles Addams, Edward Gorey, Tim Burton...
I heartily reccommend it!
Great for Halloween and the rest of the year ( as my nieces and nephews have proved!)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Still smells like new book, so I can’t complain too much :)