Monsters for Halloween, no? (Get ready for some hyperbole.) This book has been in my possession for a few years (after perpetually checking it out at the library) in its nicely repackaged Gingham Dog 2002 reprint form. Which was totally awesome up until about five days ago when I stumbled upon a copy of the original Golden Book printing, and I have to say... WOW. I love that publisher's take the time to do the reprints at all, but changing from an over sized, art-to-the-end-of-the-page format to a more dignified, dust-jacketed and proper-sized book really didn't do the illustrations justice. The wraparound cover art alone is worth the price of admission. This book is nothing less than a visual stunner. My son was in the love with it before, but now... it's like his favorite book EVER! EVER!
Having this treasure in our library has literally changed my life and made me totally reevaluate all the things an excellent children's book can offer. So... for your mouthwatering Update Friday pleasure, I offer up the new and improved visual extravaganza that is Mercer Mayer's Professor Wormbog in Search for the Zipperump-a-Zoo.
And yes. I am going to marry it. Expect nuptial announcements shortly.