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Monster Mash by David Catrow

Monster Mash by David Catrow

Of course, the Monster Mash would make for a perfect picture book. The 1962 novelty song by Bobby Pickett has a great story with lots of kooky characters. It rhymes; it is catchy; and, with illustrator David Catrow at the helm, it is wonderfully grotesque.

What starts as a mundane night in the lab soon spirals into a spooky party, all brought on by one very funky Frankenstein's monster. No one can resist his moves as black cats, giant eyeballs, and other creepy crawlies all start to boogie and bop.

Catrow's illustrations look just as slimy and nasty as they should be, with no shortage of skulls, sharp teeth, and extra eyes amongst the party guests. The lyrics give just enough specifics for him to include Wolfman and Dracula. Other verses allow the artist's imagination to run wild, especially when a monster made from a hot water heater and silverware shows up to the shindig.

Of course, the best thing to do after reading Monster Mash is listening to the song. So, on Halloween, join this putrid party. Rock out, and do the mash!