Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Fright Night Flight

We have a favorite Halloween book at our house. Actually, we don't have it. But we check it out from the library every year. Fright Night Flight. It's about a witch who flies a "super jet-fueled broom." And on Halloween she flies it to all kinds of scary locations to pick up her spooky friends. It's all in rhyme and each time someone new hops aboard, it repeats each character...when the last character is picked up, the witch says:

Hop aboard, there's always room
for a musty, dusty Mummy,
a jittery, skittery Skeleton,
a hulking, skulking Monster,
a boo-boo-boo-oo-gity Ghost,
a howling, growling Werewolf,
and a lurking, smirking Vampire
to ride this broom.

The final destination on this Fright Night Flight is your local neighborhood where they show up at a doorstep to trick or treat.
It's absolutely adorable. My kids have it memorized. This is the book that inspires all of Parker's Halloween costumes. Last year he insisted on being a "hulking, skulking Monster." And that Reid was a "musty, dusty Mummy."

This year he was prepared to be a superhero of some sort until we checked this book out from the library and he couldn't be anything but a Halloween character. He is not just a vampire, but a "lurking, smirking Vampire." And he wants to look just like the one from the book with black hair and sideburns and a greenish-white face. He's devastated that he doesn't have white and red polka-dot socks like this vampire. Parker is so detail oriented.


As if the book wasn't cute enough on it's own, the pictures are to die for. I think they are so creative with a great use of colors and attention to detail. The ones I scanned in don't do them justice. And my favorites were two page and didn't scan in well at all.

So just a plug for our favorite book...

Fright Night Flight
written by Laura Krauss Melmed
illustrated by Henry Cole


...but don't take my word for it...

Parker's been practicing his own Halloween illustrations. I have pages upon pages of vampires he's drawn the past few days. I have to share.

(notice the green-ish white face, red collar on his cape, red blood spots on his face, black jacket, white shirt...details, details, details.)

14 comments:

Sheryl said...

I love it!! I think Amazon.com here I come!! Parker's pictures are so great! Tell him I think he a great artist!

Hubba's Thoughts said...

Darn, I just called the Library and they don't have it.. I'll have to look elsewhere.. Thanks for the tip on the fun book! It looks great! Happy Halloween!

Kelly said...

I haven't read that one but I will! I loved Parker's illustrations- and I am dying to see his vampire costume- I know it will be amazing!!

Erin said...

I am going to have to find this book. It looks cute! Attention to detail is great in school-hopefully he keeps it up!

trentnjeanmorello said...

Sounds like a great book! Parker's pictures are great!

Lauri said...

I love Parker's pictures. Look at all the fingers on that vampire! He is good at detail!

jeanine said...

I'll have to check out that book... looks fun!

jeanine said...

ps. LOVE Parker's drawings!

Kelly said...

Looks like such a cute book! I'm going to have to find it. And the pictures are so cute! I can't wait until Derek can draw some cute things for me.

Amanda B. said...

Oh, how cute! I have never heard of that book, but it seems really cool! I didn't know that was where he got his inspiration! How Creative! :)

Traci Elizabeth said...

Ask Parker how much he will sell me a picture for. =) he is an excellent artist.

Traci Elizabeth said...

Ask Parker how much he will sell me a picture for. =) he is an excellent artist.

Lisha said...

First off, I laughed so hard at your last comment. Yes, I am the Dairy Queen! Too funny.
Second I can't wait to read this book. It looks great. I love Parkers pictures. He IS incredibly detail oriented! What a great kid.
Have fun tonight.

Jessica said...

What a cool book. I will have to look for that one. Awesome picture Parker. I am anxiously awaiting the reveal of your costumes this year. So you can put the rest of us to shame.