Book Review: 'Campfire Songs for Monsters: Sipping Spiders Through a Straw'

Campfire Songs for Monsters: Sipping Spiders Through a Straw is just the Halloween carol book your household’s “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells” fan has been looking for. The tunes are funny parodies in classic Mad magazine fashion and no doubt could be enjoyed by the average middle grader any time of year, but it’s Gris Grimley’s creepy line-drawn illustrations with their touch of Tim Burton that make the book suited to Halloween.

My 8-year-old happily belted out “Blow Blow Blow Your Nose” and solemnly reported that they did a really good job with “Take Me Out to the Graveyard.” On the other hand, it’s not particularly suited to younger kids—although my nail-tough 3-year-olds giggled, I thought the pictures added a little too strong a dose of gruesome and skipped tunes like “99 Bottles of Blood on the Wall.”

—KJ Dell' Antonia

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