Rhyming text and pop-up and pull-tab illustrations reveal what a wide-eyed young boy sees as he wanders through a horror-filled attic.
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Grade 3-6-- A pair of bone-chilling tours through houses hung about with rotting, red-eyed corpses; hairy giant spiders; ghouls and creepy critters, all rendered in lovingly gruesome detail, many leaping up at the turn of a page or oozing out with the pull of a tab. Readers who ignore all the "Do not open" signs get what they deserve. You can practically hear Vincent Price reading the rhymed texts. The Door Under the Stairs leads to Dr. Frankenstein's lab, where he and his sinister friends wait: "For you see, his new monster is missing some bits . . . / And they're all pretty sure YOU have something that fits!" Dracula has left Some Bodies in the Attic , and now " he seeks red-blooded friends for a small drink or two . . . / And he's very certain that he'd like to meet YOU!" In both books a gloriously hideous face leers out from the last spread. Special effects are inventive and well designed, not quite as elaborate as those in Pienkowski's Haunted House (Dutton , 1979), but not quite as fragile either. Ghoulish fun for story time or display. --John Peters, New York Public Library
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In the best Halloween tradition, these Spooky Pop-up books will give young readers pleasurable creepy-crawlies. Dracula and his buddies search for "red-blooded friends for a small drink or two" in Some Bodies in the Attic , and the mad scientist Doctor Frankenstein looks for "a fresh body like you" in The Door Under the Stairs . The visual effects are outstanding: giant bats and spiders dramatically lunge at the unsuspecting turner of these pages; lifting the tantalizing panels marked "Do Not Open" produces such spine-tinglers as a monster popping out of a coffin, a skull appearing in a window and a ghost in full scream; and pull tags remove characters' heads and take a mummy for a spin. It's all great scary fun to celebrate the witching season. Ages 6-9.
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Book Description Carnival, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110001923471