Subscribe to The Horn Book

Review of Fangsgiving

by Ethan Long; illus. by the author
Primary    Bloomsbury    32 pp.
9/18    978-1-68119-825-5    $16.99
e-book ed.  978-1-68119-826-2    $11.89

The Fright Club (rev. 9/15) monsters are cooking up a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, from sweet potato casserole to turkey. But what to do when vampire Vladimir’s family shows up unexpectedly? Invite them in — the more the merrier! Except…Aunt Bessy complains about garlic mashed potatoes (because vampire), Uncle Gus electrocutes the turkey to a crisp, and so on. Long’s digitally colored graphite-pencil illustrations amp up the humor and cast the nocturnal spooks’ preparations in a suitably dim light. The simmering tension eventually boils over (monsters — they’re just like us!), clearing the way for a “do-over” meal the next day — complete with a turkey constructed with corn dogs. Serve this if your family gathering gets too heated up.

From the November/December 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

About Kitty Flynn

Kitty Flynn is consulting editor for The Horn Book, Inc.

Comment Policy:
  1. Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  2. Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  3. Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through (though some comments with links to multiple URLs are held for spam-check moderation by the system). If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.

We accept clean XHTML in comments, but don't overdo it and please limit the number of links submitted in your comment. For more info, see the full Terms of Use.

Speak Your Mind