‘Twas the Fright Before Christmas
Illustrated by Will Hillenbrand
Gulliver Books, Harcourt Inc, 2002
From the dust jacket, “’Twas a midwinter eve at the old haunted house. All the creatures were snoring—except for Santa Mouse. When out of the dark came and angry ‘Aroo-roo!’. Someone stepped on the werewolf and woke him, but who? Well, he’s blaming the manticore, who’s blaming the cat, who accuses the zombie, who points to the bat. Can anyone calm all this Christmas confusion? Aha! Santa Mouse has the perfect solution. . . .”
If you love Halloween, you will probably love this book. Its’ filled with creatures from that monster-filled holiday but they aren’t scary. I’m glad the zombie wasn’t ugly – I hate looking at those creatures with their faces peeling off. The text is written in the “’Twas the Night Before Christmas”-style, with the same rhyming cadence the original has. The illustrations are cute and sort of cartoony and I’m sure many kids will like this story. We don’t really care for monsters and such so I wasn’t very impressed by the book. There’s not a whole lot of ‘Christmas’ in it (other than the decorations), but I guess even monsters need a little love.
Reviewer: Simon the ReinCat