The boo crew needs you!

Vicky Fang

Book - 2023

An interactive picture book in which readers help the Boo Crew -- a ghost, skeleton, and vampire-- fix various problems that get in the way of Halloween night fun.

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Children's Room j394.2646/Fang Due Oct 16, 2023
Children's Room j394.2646/Fang Due Oct 7, 2023
Children's Room j394.2646/Fang Due Oct 16, 2023
Stories in rhyme
Picture books
Monster fiction
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky 2023.
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Main Author
Vicky Fang (author)
Other Authors
Saoirse Lou (illustrator)
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

There's something strange in the neighborhood on Halloween, and readers know who they're gonna call in Fang's high-energy, rhyming interactive romp. Touching an illustrated button that reads "Quick, PRESS HERE," the audience helps to summon the Boo Crew--ghost Luna, skeleton Bones, and vampire Fang--which solicits assistance to put things right. In each scene, readers are urged to join the crew in addressing chaos ahead of the Monster Ball. When a witch's new broomstick has a glitch, vampire Fang offers "Hey, try PUSHING on the switch," and points to a large orange rocker switch in the image. And when the trio discovers the dance's venue is literally turned on its side, readers are invited to "SHAKE the book and TURN us straight!" Lou fills full moonlit scenes with green, orange, and purple-tinged cartoons of smiling mummies, werewolves, and witches of various skin tones leading up to the festive bash, where readers can celebrate their own job well done. Ages 3--8. (Aug.)

(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved Review by School Library Journal Review

PreS--In this interactive Halloween title, the Boo Crew needs readers' help. Lively text and cartoonlike illustrations work well together. For example, text reads, "Nothing's going right at all! Will this wreck the Monster Ball?" In the illustration, small ghosts are flying out of a window, there is a sad vampire whose cape is caught in a tree, and even the spider doesn't look happy. Fortunately, readers can save the day. Text reads, "Quick, press here to make a call for the Boo Crew!" On the other end of the phone, the Boo Crew--Luna, Bones, and Fang--are ready to spring into action. But they need help. Readers are prompted to shout "Yes!," push a switch, blow out a candle on a cupcake, tap pumpkins on the page, take a breath, tip the book, find a rope, clap their hands, turn the book, (and then shake and turn the book), knock on the door, and pat their backs. This fun story will have young readers participating in a Halloween adventure that isn't scary. VERDICT Recommended as an addition to Halloween shelves, an engaging title that provides new material on the holiday topic.--Robin Sofge

(c) Copyright Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Review by Kirkus Book Review

Readers are invited to help the Boo Crew save the Monster Ball on Halloween. Luna, Bones, and Fang--respectively, a wispy, gray-tinged ghost; a skeleton in a top hat and scarf; and a brown-skinned vampire--are the Boo Crew, working to fix disasters, from a witch's malfunctioning broom to some smashed pumpkins, in time for the Monster Ball. Each page asks readers to assist: There are switches to push, candles to blow out, and claps of encouragement to give. After readers lend a hand, helping all the spooky creatures and getting materials fixed and ready, the Monster Ball goes on as planned. The rhyming text and interactive requests make this a worthy lapsit read-aloud. The Boo Crew are darling and kid-friendly, as are all of the illustrations. There are lots of charming details--the witch's ride is a high-tech gadget labeled the Vroom Broom 5000; Frankenstein's monster is the proprietor of a boutique called Frank's Frocks. The big-eyed, sweet-faced creatures are adorable, not scary; a teeny-tiny frog tucked into an eye socket makes even a skull look cute. Like Hervé Tullet's Press Here (2010), this one encourages readers to turn the book, press buttons, and applaud. These inclusions are popular for a reason: Kids love them. This title will be no exception. (This book was reviewed digitally.) Appealing and interactive, kid-friendly spooky fun. (Picture book. 3-5) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.