Saturday, May 29, 2010
Book Review: Over My Dead Body
I keep thinking, "when will Kate Klise ever run out of ideas for clever, cheesy puns?" Over My Dead Body is the second in the 43 Old Cemetery Road series written by Kate Klise and delightfully illustrated by her sister, Sarah Klise. These books, like the "Regarding the ..." series, are full of humorous puns, entertaining illustrations, absurd situations and disguised knowledge.
Mr. Dick Tater, director of the International Movement for the Safety & Protection Of Our Kids & Youth (IMSPOOKY), has received a tip that Seymour Hope is living in Ghastly, Illinois, "without the benefit of his parents." He decides he must intervene. Seymour ends up placed in the local orphanage, while I. B. Grumply (elderly writer who has been living in the old Spence Mansion with Seymour) is taken off to the Illinois Home for the Deranged (for claiming to be writing a book with the ghost of Olive C. Spence). Other characters involved in the story include: M. Balm, Judge Claire Voyant, Fay Tality, Mac Awbrah, Cliff Hanger and Shirley U. Jest.
I highly recommend both of the delightful series written and illustrated by the Klise sisters. With simple tales, heavy doses of kid-friendly illustrations, and generous smatterings of humor, these books are sure to appeal to children ages 9-13. For me, it was a light-hearted read when my brain couldn't handle anything more demanding.