Ethan Long

Book - 2018

The monsters of the Fright Club have gathered for a Thanksgiving feast at Vlad's home, but his family arrives unexpectedly and puts their own spin on every dish.

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Picture books
New York : Bloomsbury Children's Books [2018]
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 x 29 cm
Main Author
Ethan Long (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

On the fourth Thursday in November, the monsters gather together to prepare their annual Thanksgiving feast. Everyone has a job, and vampire Vladimir is thrilled to prepare the turkey. Then a honk heralds the arrival of his family—surprise! But Vladimir is a good sport (Vladimir loved seeing his family, even when they dropped in unexpectedly), and he welcomes them in. Only, as it turns out, they aren't the best houseguests. Mumford the mummy is using garlic in the mashed potatoes? That won't do—Aunt Bessy substitutes eyeballs and earwax. Uncle Gus is happy to help Vladimir cook the turkey. . . by electrocuting it. And Spike the dog? Well, he eats everything in sight. Once his family has rendered everything inedible (or, in Spike's case, gone), Vladimir has had enough. But Thanksgiving is for family, and there just might be a solution. Geisel Award–winning Long uses a purple palette that gives everything a nighttime feel, although this cast of Halloween characters is more adorable than scary. This family-oriented tale will have life through several holidays. Grades K-2. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In Long's third book to feature the green-and-purple-hued Fright Club monsters, Vampire Vladimir and his friends are busy preparing a Thanksgiving feast. Then, the vampire's extended family members make an unexpected appearance. Though "it was a happy reunion," they bring some chaos to the gathering. Aunt Bessy makes her own mashed potatoes with eyeballs and earwax (not garlic); commandeering the turkey, Uncle Gus "cooked it to death"; and just when they are about to sit down to eat, slobbery dog Spike devours everything. Vladimir hits his breaking point: "You ruined Thanksgiving!" But family is family, and the motley group of monsters work together to improvise a new meal. Holidays don't always go as planned, Long asserts, and that's okay. Ages 3–6. (Sept.) Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—Vlad the Vampire's family can not forego the family drama and spectacle of creating the perfect Thanksgiving, in this silly take on holiday dinner. Vlad and his friends from Fright Club—Witch, Ghost, Mummy, and Frankenstein—have been busy all night preparing the perfect Thanksgiving for Vlad's family. However, when the family arrive they have a different ideas about meal preparation that include eyeballs, earwax, maggot meatballs, and other unappetizing treats. When the lights go out, Spike, the family's monstrous dog, devours everything, "Thanksgiving was gone!" This is the last straw for Vlad and he loses his cool, proclaiming the Vampire Family, "ruined Thanksgiving." With Halloween still fresh in the minds of children, Long's use of monsters to portray a family Thanksgiving is ingenious. Similar to Valensteins and Fright Club, Long utilized a dark palette to create an ironic mood; however the monstrous characters are portrayed in a nonthreatening way for young readers. VERDICT This engaging picture book celebrates the gathering of family and friends; helping young readers to understand and appreciate the value of giving thanks.—Jewelee Painter, Springfield Elementary School, Rilleyville, VA Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Busily preparing a spooky Thanksgiving feast, the Fright Club members are surprised by the arrival of Vlad's family, who put their own messy spin on each of the dishes. By the Geisel Award-winning creator of Valensteins.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The monsters of the Fright Club have gathered for a Thanksgiving feast at Vlad's home, but his family arrives unexpectedly and puts their own spin on every dish.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The Fright Club is getting ready for a Thanksgiving meal at Vlad's house, but Vlad's family arrive unexpectedly and put their own spin on every dish.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Geisel Award-winning author and illustrator Ethan Long turns his attention to the day of thanks with a story that's to die for. It's the fourth Thursday of November, and the members of Fright Club are cooking up something spooky . . . a Thanksgiving feast! But when Vlad's family arrives unexpectedly, they put their own spin on each of the dishes. Now, the rolls are as hard as headstones and the turkey has been cooked to death. Vlad loves his family, but they've made a mess of their meal! Can this monster-filled family come together to save their feast and celebrate what the holiday is truly about?