High and low culture collide in The McSweeney's Joke Book of Book Jokes. The literary journal has collected its humor pieces, featuring all sorts of short essays, lists, and ephemera related to classic literature.
Even Monsters Need Haircuts shares the previously untold story of monstrous hairstyling techniques. Our narrator, a young boy, takes detailed notes as his barber father works on people's hair. When night falls, the boy sneaks from his bedroom. A vampire bat named Vlad leads him across town to a special barbershop, one that only serves mummies, ghouls, and all other sorts of beasties!
How does a dying bull in Tsarist Russia lead to six-foot-tall praying mantises terrorizing present-day Iowa? Austin Szerba is your personal historian to the end of the world in Grasshopper Jungle, by Andrew Smith.
Hip Hop Family Tree Volume 2 picks up right where Ed Piskor's first phenomenal graphic novel left off. By 1981, the record industry has started to capitalize on the raw talent of urban youth. The sounds are slicker and the rhymes are tighter, but Piskor manages to find and highlight the raw edges of the musical movement.
Lexi is fed up. It is bad enough knowing that her sister gets all the attention and praise, but when the sister in question is a seven-year-old beauty queen, it's so much worse. Mackenzie is a tornado in a tiara. Demanding, unappreciative, and mean. Lexi has had just enough of Mackenzie's reign of beauty and terror. It is time for the Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality.
The Adventures of Beekle begins on an island of unclaimed imaginary friends, where each one eagerly waits to be paired up with the right child. When they are finally imagined by lonely boys or girls, they receive not only their best friends but also their names.
Once there were three little monsters who were oh-so-bad but could not agree on who was the absolute worst! In an attempt to settle the argument once and for all, they start building The Monster's Monster.
Monsters, they're just like us! Sure, they lurk in darkened corridors, drink blood, and terrify unsuspecting villagers. When it really comes down to it, though, we all want the same things. In Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, Adam Rex explores every aspect of these monstrous needs...in rhyme!
When Floyd's toy kite encounters a tree, it gets terribly, hopelessly Stuck. Floyd is not one to give up on his prized possession, so he takes off his shoe and hurls it at the kite...and that gets stuck, too.
I Wear the Black Hat is Chuck Klosterman's sixth book of cultural essays and the first one to explore villainy in all of its forms.