…who can keep you safe from the things that go bump in the night? Jill Thompson’s Scary Godmother* loves things that are dark, creepy, or unusual. She’s friends with skeletons, witches, vampires, and monsters. Your scary godmother is with you when it’s scary, especially on Halloween! This graphic novel shows how Hannah meets her Scary Godmother after her cousin tries to play a trick on Halloween. Hannah gets to know her Scary Godmother, Skully Pettibone (a skeleton), Bug-a-Boo (a monster under the bed), Orson (a young vampire), and many others.
This is a wonderful book for introducing young children to spooky things in a non-threatening way. Adults and kids alike will love the quirky humor and bright illustrations. The stories emphasize facing your fears and accomplishing tasks through perseverance and helpful friends. The mix of art and text blends picture book and graphic novel styles. A sketchbook section at the end shows the changes some characters went through from the initial sketches to the first book, as well as character studies used for the animated specials.
*This book reprints Scary Godmother, Scary Godmother: The Revenge of Jimmy, Scary Godmother: The Mystery Date, Scary Godmother: The Boo Flu, and the short story “Tea for Orson.”
Reviewed by Fran (staff)