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Boris And Bella
ISBN: 9780152059002
Author: Crimi, Carolyn/ Grimly, Gris (ILT)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: September 2006
Retail: $6.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: Bella Legrossi is the messiest monster in all of Booville. Boris Kleanitoff is a persnickety ghoul so tidy he vacuums his vampire bats. What could ever bring these two together? Why a creature-filled, monster-mad Halloween party, of course! Full color.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Halloween
Library of Congress Subjects:
Monsters; Fiction.
Cleanliness; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2006016516
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
BISAC category: JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship
Target Age Group: Age 5-6
Target Grade: Kindergarten
Grade level: Kindergarten
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 8.00" W
Bargain Category: Picture Books, Holiday/Seasonal, Growing Up, Fantasy, Early Elementary
Grade level(s): PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 78752
Reading Level: 3.2   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Bella Legrossi is the messiest monster in all of Booville. Her slime is the slimiest and her grime is the grimiest. Alas, she is neighbors with Boris Kleanitoff, a persnickety ghoul so tidy he vacuums his vampire bats. What could ever bring these two together? Why, a hoppin' Halloween party, of course

Contributor Bio(s):
CAROLYN CRIMI is the author of four other picture books, including Tessa's Tip-Tapping Toes, illustrated by Marsha Gray Carrington, and Don't Need Friends, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

GRIS GRIMLY is the illustrator of several picture books, including Monster Museum and Creature Carnival, both by Marilyn Singer, as well as his own Gris Grimly's Wicked Nursery Rhymes. He lives in Los Angeles, California.


Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2005 Spring)
Two monster neighbors (slovenly Bella Legrossi and persnickety Boris Kleanitoff) who don't get along each decide to throw their own Halloween party, but everyone they invite would rather attend Harry Beastie's party instead. Bella and Boris crash Harry's shindig and end up dancing together. The delightfully spooky illustrations and humorous, creepily detailed text will please monster fans. Copyright 2005 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2004 August #2)
As "the messiest monster in Booville," Bella Legrossi naturally feuds with her fastidiously tidy neighbor, vampire Boris Kleanitoff. Both throw Halloween bashes, and neither invites the other. But the town's monster elite shuns the pair of them, attending Harry Beastie's party instead. Bella and Boris arrive at Harry's in a huff, seeking the host who snubbed them. Disdainful of the "maggot muffins" and a game of "bobbing for eyeballs," the two unexpectedly find "boo" love on the dance floor. Crimi's (Don't Need Friends) corpse-fresh text ("Halloween night soared in on bat wings") and Grimly's (Gris Grimly's Wicked Nursery Rhymes) fiendish visual details make an equally pleasing pair. Ages 4-7 (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2004 September)
Gr 1-4-Boris Kleanitoff is terrifyingly tidy while Bella Lagrossi is monstrously messy. These neighbors don't get along until a Halloween dance brings them together. The story of this monster romance is predictable, but told with tongue-tickling prose. The description of the party is characteristically spunky, as "Cy Clops bebopped and the Fang flip-flopped. The Boogeyman boogied while the trolls twirled round." Grimly's illustrations, which are similar to those in Marilyn Singer's Monster Museum (Hyperion, 2001), perfectly complement the text. The characters are creatively drawn with ink and watercolor in subdued hues. Young readers will delight in the ghoulish details like the "Pizza Glut" box in Bella's house and the shrunken heads by the punch bowl at the shindig. This is a bewitching choice for libraries looking to boost their Halloween offerings.-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.