Boris and Bella by Carolyn Crimi

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Bella Legrossi is the messiest monster in all of Booville. Her slime is the slimiest and her grime is the grimiest. Alas, she is neighbors with Boris Kleanitoff, a persnickety ghoul so tidy he vacuums his vampire bats. What could ever bring these two together?

It will take a Halloween party like no other--a full creature-feature of beasts, ghosts, and creepy-crawlies, and some of the fanciest dance moves since Morrie Mummy shook a leg clean off. So grab a mug of ghoul drool and join the fun!

Wicked wit Carolyn Crimi and illustrator Gris Grimly have put their heads together (along with a few they found in the graveyard) and cooked up the funniest, funkiest, and out-and-out freakiest monster mash you've ever seen!

About Carolyn Crimi

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CAROLYN CRIMI is the author of four other picture books, including Tessa's Tip-Tapping Toes, illustrated by Marsha Gray Carrington, and Don't Need Friends, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. She haunts Chicago.GRIS GRIMLY is the illustrator of Monster Museum by Marilyn Singer as well as his own Gris Grimly's Wicked Nursery Rhymes. He lurks in Los Angeles.
Published September 1, 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books.

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So obsessively neat is Boris Kleanitoff, and such a world class slob is his neighbor Bella Legrossi, that all the other creatures in town decline invitations to their rival Halloween parties in favor of a looser but not so disgusting shindig at Hairy Beastie’s.

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Crimi's (Don't Need Friends ) corpse-fresh text ("Halloween night soared in on bat wings") and Grimly's (Gris Grimly's Wicked Nursery Rhymes ) fiendish visual details make an equally pleasing pair.

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The artwork, by Gris Grimly, will remind you of a trip through Tim Burton's headspace circa The Nightmare Before Christmas, referencing neo-Victorian goth spoofers Edward Gorey and Charles Addams, with its sepia tints and ghoulish leitmotifs: off-kilter houses, boil-covered gargoyles, mummies, an...

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