Sipping Spiders Through a Straw – Campfire Songs for Monsters


Author: Kelly DiPucchio

Illustrator: Gris Grimly

Copyright: 2008 Scholastic Press

Reviewed by: Sarah Logan


Ah….fall is here! It’s the perfect time of year for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows over a campfire. As soon as the last s’more is gone, it’s time to gather with your favorite monsters to howl a verse or two of the classic "99 Bottles of Blood on the Wall". Or maybe "For He’s a Stinky Old Fellow" followed by "Do Your Guts Hang Low?"


Kelly DiPucchio has created a memorable collection of creepy yet hilarious tunes based on traditional campfire songs. Whether you choose to sing them or simply read them, her lyrics are sure to appeal to readers who love to be grossed out! Even readers who don’t typically gravitate towards zombies and monsters are sure to be amused by DiPucchio’s clever modifications!


Teachers may opt to use this picture book collection in a variety of ways. The relatively short length of each song opens the possibility for using them in mini-lessons about reading strategies. (I wonder why Zombie Midge is falling down, for instance.) Readers can build fluency through repeated reading/singing. Perhaps some monsters will even be inspired to create their own creepy campfire tunes.


Gris Gimly’s illustrations capture the "creepy yet playful" tone of the text. Details in his work are sure to add to readers’ enjoyment.


This book is sure to be a hit with monsters, students, teachers, and parents!


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