Thursday, October 18, 2018

Ghoulish Grads! Fright School by Janet Lawler

A darkening school on an autumn night
With moonlight streaming in,
Echoes with a midnight bell
For classes to begin.

Who goes to school at midnight?

It's a ghoul school, so monsters matriculate happily where the curriculum instructs them on how to haunt on Halloween.

In some ways it's like a regular school. Skeletons skateboard to class. Young bats with braces on their fangs wear Gothic black, Dracula tries to sleep through class, and ghosts try to disappear into the woodwork when they can't find their homework.

Picky eaters groan, "Our apples don't taste rotten."

The devilish janitor grumbles at werewolves who don't wipe their paws, and the school nurse is always running out of gauze for the mummies.

But now everything is focused toward graduation on Halloween, of course. Clutching diplomas, the new grads toss their caps and head out into the night because it is time to try to terrify this year's trick-or-treaters--if they dare!

"WE DO FRIGHT RIGHT!" is the school motto in Janet Lawler's spoof of a spook academy in her new Fright School (Albert Whitman, 2018), illustrated with humorous take-offs of the school scene with whimsical skill by Chiara Galletti. Share this one with Lola Schaeffer's equally spooktacular spoof, Frankie Stein Starts School (see review here).

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