Bwaa-Ha-Ha! Halloween Howlers by Michael Tertelbaum
HOWL I KEEP FROM LAUGHING IF YOU KEEP TELLING THESE DUMB JOKES?
Some grownups love knock-knocks and some hate 'em, but most kids old enough to "get" a pun adore the genre. And thankfully for this Halloween, here comes a brand-new collection, Halloween Howlers: Frightfully Funny Knock-Knock Jokes (Harper Festival, 2011), written by Michael Tertelbaum and illustrated in jolly cartoon style by Jannie Ho.
Tertelbaum provides a frame story for this collection, recapitulating a trick-or-treat expedition by a couple of kids, beginning with the "Home Scene" as the kids get into their gear and the "Street Scene" as they mix and mingle with the other costumed kids:
ZOMBIE AFRAID! IT'S JUST A COSTUME!
Their venture soon takes them to the local haunted house, where the setting is bury scary:
DISPLACE IS A WRECK!
The two trick-or-treaters go on to make the party scene, where they play the usual games and eat the usual treats, and finally loaded down with their boo-tiful boo-ty, they think about calling it a night.
HORROR YOU GONNA CARRY ALL THAT CANDY?
There are plenty of moaning groaners and horrible howlers herein, and creepy critters and more jokes hide under the flaps which are well integrated into the illustrations, making this one an outing that will leave readers saying "Fangs for the funnies, folks," and hoping for more Halloween har-hars in their futures.
DON'T CRY! HALLOWEEN WILL COME AGAIN NEXT YEAR!