Review of Fangsgiving

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

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