Saturday, September 17, 2011

Mash Ups and More Update - Children's Paranormal Parodies - September 17, 2011

While wandering through Barnes & Noble Wednesday morning, I came across Goodnight Goon and started to wonder what other paranormal parodies were out there for children. Halloween is next month after all.

Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody
Author & Illustrator:  Michael Rex
Format:  Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher:  Putnam Juvenile (Aug 14, 2008)
Price:  $14.99
Language:  English

Goodnight monsters everywhere, in this parody romp with its own special twist!

Goodnight tomb. Goodnight goon. Goodnight Martians taking over the moon.

It’s bedtime in the cold gray tomb with a black lagoon, and two slimy claws, and a couple of jaws, and a skull and a shoe and a pot full of goo. But as a little werewolf settles down, in comes the Goon determined at all costs to run amok and not let any monster have his rest.

A beloved classic gets a kind-hearted send up in this utterly monsterized parody; energetic art and a hilarious text will have kids begging to read this again and again.

The Runaway Mummy: A Petrifying Parody
Author & Illustrator:  Michael Rex
Format:  Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher:   Putnam Juvenile (August 20, 2009)
Price:  $15.99
Language:  English
ISBN:  978-0399252037

Once there was a little mummy who wanted to run away. "If you run away," said Mother Mummy, "I will get you! For you are my rotten little mummy!"

A little mummy transforms into a series of incredible monsters in order to run away and assert his independence. His mother keeps coming to "get" him, but this little mummy has a mind of his own. Filled with uproarious illustrations, another beloved classic gets a kind-hearted send-up in this utterly monsterized parody. Ener getic art and a hilarious text will have kids begging to read this again and again.

Diary of a Zombie Kid
Authors:  Fred Perry and David Hutchison
Format:  Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher:  Antarctic Press (August 16, 2011)
Price:  $15.95
Language:  English
ISBN: 978-0983182337

Middle school is horrific enough for any 6th grader's first day. But for Bill Stokes, it's a festering, rotting, undead nightmare. Since Bill's deadbeat dad got arrested trying to burn the house down for the insurance, Mom's had to make ends meet by volunteering to various medical research companies for cash. This would be fine if she hadn't brought home a mysterious zombie virus! Now Bill has to deal with skin problems and body chemistry changes that make puberty look like a walk in the park!

Where the Deep Ones Are
Author:  Kenneth Hite
Illustration:  Andy Hopp
Format:  Hardcover, 32 pages
Publisher:  Atlas Games (August 2008)
Price:  $19.95
Language:  English
ISBN:   978-1589781030

"The Deep Ones croaked their terrible croaks
and smacked their terrible lips
and rolled their terrible eyes
and waved their terrible flippers"

Renowned Mythos aficionado Ken Hite retells H P Lovecraft's "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" in this parody of classic children's literature.

After greedily yelling for more fish, young Bobby is sent to his bedroom without any supper at all. But Bobby escapes when the Manuxet River runs right through his room, carrying an old boat that takes him to a magical town full of fish and slimier things ... the town of Innsmouth. Will Bobby join the wild rumpus under the sea, and be crowned the most Deep One of all?

Where the Deep Ones Are features 32 pages of full-color illustration by Andy Hopp, and is sure to be a hit with the newest generation of Lovecraft fans and their parents. The first in the Mini Mythos series.
You can download and/or print a free Deep Ones coloring book in PDF format here: 

Let me know in the comments if there are other paranormal parodies for children and I'll add them to the post.