Friday, December 28, 2012

VELCOME by Kevin O'Malley

Lexile     370          Pages     36          Ages 6-9
 AR Quiz No. 36598 EN Fiction
  IL: LG - BL: 2.8 - AR Pts: 0.5
  AR Quiz Types: RP

This is a book of scary stories . . . . sort of.  There is the coffin that follows Freddie home, the Viper, mysterious rapping, and some VERY SCARY PICTURES (wink-wink.)   They build up to a highly suspenseful point and then you turn the page and each one has a "punny" (sorry!) ending. : )

Reading Velcome aloud is the best fun!  The narrator is a Peter Lorre-esque character sitting in his reading chair wearing a very suave robe complete with ascot, and a book open on his lap.  Reading the scary part of each story in a Vincent Price style, throwing in a Transylvanian accent will help build the suspense as well as upping the fun factor.  Children who are starting to get the idea of jokes, especially puns, will laugh right out loud but the younger crowd may not always make the connections.

While I'm always up for a good pun, the funniest part of the book for me was the narrator's dog who keeps popping up on a page, holding up a sign berating the intelligence of the story and warning readers that for their own good they should "just stop reading . . . . now!" His expressions are great, showing just how exasperated he is.  In the end he is storming out the front door with a sign declaring, "I'm outta this nut hut!" : )

As a really fun read, Kevin O'Malley's Velcome is right at the top of the list.

Happy Reading!
Miss Laurie

Velcome can be checked out at any Lake County Public Library, or click here
and with your library card number and PIN you can place a hold for easy pickup at your favorite branch.

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