The Fright Club members are back in this fun twist on Valentine’s Day from Geisel winner Ethan Long! * “Utter perfection.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review The members of Fright Club are always ready to scare, but tonight Fran K. Stein has something else on his mind. He’s busy making something, and the other monsters want to know what it is. Could it be a mask with fangs? A big pink nose? Or maybe a paper butt? No . . . it’s a Valentine! That means one thing . . . EEEEK!! Is Fran in love? What could be scarier than falling in love?!? In this hilariously spooky story by Geisel Award-winning author and illustrator Ethan Long, even the scariest of monsters have true feelings.
This book is a little bit amusing, and adults might think it’s funnier than children would. Fran’s (short for Frankenstein) friends laugh that his cut-out paper heart looks like a little pink “butt,” so something to keep in mind if you’re trying to help your readers avoid that kind of language or humor. The book plays on the ideas that children have of what it means to be in love and then explains that love is more than just feeling “mushy mushy” about someone or giving them a kiss—one the lips! So there’s a worthwhile message if you’re not worried about the humor.
Ethan Long is an internationally recognized children’s book author and illustrator with more than 70 titles to his credit. Up, Tall and High! was a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner and Chamelia and the New Kid in Class was a Children’s Choice Book Award ﬁnalist. He is also part of the creative team behind Give Me Back My Book! He lives in Orlando, Florida.