Stitch Head, by Guy Bass and Pete Williamson (Illustrator)
In the frightening, maze-like dungeon laboratory deep within Castle Grotteskew, mad scientist Professor Erasmus brings his bizarre experiments to life. His first creation, Stitch Head, has long been ignored and forgotten. But when a traveling circus ringmaster promises to make him a star, Stitch Head is torn between his almost-life in the castle and the promise of fame outside its walls. Before he can decide what to do, Castle Grotteskew and its inhabitants (living and almost-living) are in danger: the professor’s latest monstrous creation has smashed its way to freedom, and Stitch Head may be the only one who can stop it.
For ages 8-11.
* First of three books in series
* Adorably creepy
* Fits the current trend of zany monster and vampire movies such as Hotel Transylvania
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers (February 1, 2013)
I've been very curious about the popularity of monsters and scary themes in children's books lately. My daughter is really into them, so we've read a lot of spooky books together lately. Stitch Head is one of the better ones that we've read.
The chapters are short and peppered with plenty of illustrations. The evil villain is deceptive and charming, making all sorts of promises he has no intention of keeping. Stitch Head is sweet and overly trusting because he has virtually no experience with anyone other than the mad professor when he was a boy.
Guy Bass has a nice "voice" that comes through in the story. The book moves along at a nice pace, and there aren't any dry parts or areas when my daughter got restless. The Creature is funny and very excited about everything. It reminds me of a puppy, and it keeps things interesting.
I love the ending. I don't want to give too much away, but I will say that some roles are reversed. It gives the story a nice ending that isn't as predictable as most kid's books. It is wrapped up neatly, but not perfectly. It left me feeling satisfied without the annoyance of a perfect ending.
The illustrations really enhance the look and feel of the book. They contribute tremendously to the spooky atmosphere and the world that Stitch Head lives in. Very well done.
I am so excited that this is going to be a series! I can't wait to read the next one with my daughter.
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About the Author:
In times past, Guy has been a theatre producer, a surly temp, and has acted his way out of several paper bags.
Guy lives in London with his wife and no dog, yet. Ask him questions, book him for an event, or just tell him how brilliant he is here – firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Illustrator:
Pete Williamson lives in a garden flat in South London with his
girlfriend. He has worked as a designer for an animation company and
also as a psychiatric nurse. Pete’s interests include peculiar music,
good books, and drinking too much coffee.