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   Monster Museum, by Marilyn Singer  
  Novel, first publication in September 2001
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      Enter, if you dare, the Monster Museum, whose halls are crowded with the likes of Count Dracula, Bigfoot, poltergeists, Medusa, mummies, zombies, werewolves, and The Blob. Nine gawking children, dressed in itchy-looking green tweed school uniforms, are led through the spider-strewn museum by a sinister, leering docent, who introduces each ghastly monster in verse:

    Alas, King Kong, he sealed his fate
    When he climbed up the Empire State
    Oh, why'd he try this great escape?
    'Cause they called him a monkey
    And he was an ape!

    While Marilyn Singer's rhymes are often forced, the humor and subtle edification compensates. (One myth debunked: Frankenstein is the name of the scientist, not the creature himself, who whines "No wonder I'm cranky-- / Stop calling me Frankie! / Won't somebody give me a name!"). Gris Grimly's weird illustrations are appropriately creepy--even the regular human beings (who systematically disappear throughout the tour) sport some grotesque body parts, including giant, gnarled hands. (Ages 4 to 7)

    Source: Emilie Coulter,<./i>

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  • Halloween
  • Humor - Comedy - Satire
  • Monsters
  • Vampires - Vampirism
  • Werewolves - Lycanthropy
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