{film} horns

“In the aftermath of his girlfriend’s mysterious death, a young man awakens to strange horns sprouting from his temples.”–IMDb I wasn’t sure what to expect with director Alexandre Aja’s Horns (2013), but when it opened with artful, tidy shooting, I became hopeful for more than an impressive American accent from British actor Daniel Radcliffe (IgContinue reading “{film} horns”

{book} 9 Reasons to read The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield

The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield by John Bemelmans Marciano illustrated by Sophie Blackall Viking (Penguin) 2013. 9 Reasons to Read The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield #1  The Premise: Alexander Baddenfield is a horrible boy—a really horrible boy—who is the last in a long line of lying, thieving scoundrels.  One day, Alexander has an astonishingContinue reading “{book} 9 Reasons to read The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield”

when snacks turn deliciously sinister

Day Eleven: Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown Simon & Schuster, 2012. Jasper Rabbit loves carrots. and he can take the fattest, crispiest carrots from Crackenhopper Field anytime he wants. that is, until they start following him home… (jacket copy) Is Jasper imagining creepy carrots creeping about, sneaking up behind him inContinue reading “when snacks turn deliciously sinister”

the dangerous alphabet

Day Four: The Dangerous Alphabet written by Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Gris Grimly HarperCollins, 2008. I’m not sure how the rule works, but surely there must be so many alphabet books per so many Picture Books. I am going to share at least two. You’re welcome. Every child should become expert on the alphabet andContinue reading “the dangerous alphabet”

{book} a monster calls

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd Illustrated by Jim Kay Candlewick Press, 2011. hardcover, 206 pages (ages 12+) I had been warned and still I read it before bed. I had been warned that hankies would come in handier than a well-lit room. That terror subsides for grief,Continue reading “{book} a monster calls”

{book} skary childrin

In Widowsbury, an isolated village where people believe “know is good, new is bad,” three outcasts from the girls’ school join forces with a home-schooled boy to uncover and combat the evil that is making people disappear. –publisher Have you seen that Care Bear television episode or movie where there is a boy who isContinue reading “{book} skary childrin”

{book} chime

Chime by Franny Billingsley Dial Books, 2011. Hardcover, 361 pages. Library borrowed. They cannot hang an Old One without a trial, and we can’t have a confession without the story behind it. While Briony’s life had begun to disintegrate into madness much earlier, she’d become resigned to her new normal until the swamp cough andContinue reading “{book} chime”

{comic} anya’s ghost

This was another one where I had to wait to see first hand what all the fuss was about. [Winner of the 2011 Cybils Award for Graphic Novels (Young Adult) and is on the 2012 YALSA (Top 10) Great Graphic Novels for Teens]. The patience and persistence was worth it. Vera Brosgol’s Anya’s Ghost reallyContinue reading “{comic} anya’s ghost”

{film} the woman in black

It has been a long time since I’ve intentionally watched a horror-genre film. I think The Blair Witch Project (1999) was the last one I’d seen in a theater. I tend to lean toward psychological-traumas, than all out physical-harm, the same goes for film choices. The Woman in Black involves two ingredients I try toContinue reading “{film} the woman in black”


House by Josh Simmons Fantagraphics Books, 2007. 80 pages, tradepaper. picked up at the Library after reading Logan @ Rememorandum’s review. Josh Simmons’ first original graphic novel is a haunting, entirely wordless story about a group of teenagers who discover a mysterious, abandoned mansion in the forest. Their curiosity draws them inside, where both adventureContinue reading “houses”