Crash! Bang! Boo!

Illustrated by Ethan Long

About The Book

The Junior Monster Scouts celebrate The Village’s 150th birthday in the hilarious second chapter book of the Junior Monster Scouts series!

It’s The Village’s 150th birthday celebration! And that means bright lights, popcorn machines, a marching band, and a musical merry-go-round. But not if Baron Von Grump can help it! If he shuts off The Village’s electricity, there won’t be any noise or merriment.

Meanwhile, in Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory, Igor Jr. was specifically told not to touch anything, especially “that lever.” But Igor Jr. didn’t listen, and now the lab is a clunking, clanking, crackling mess of gears, electricity, and lightning. Can Vamprya, Franky, and Wolfy—the Junior Monster Scouts—fix Igor’s mess and save The Village party? Or has the Baron ruined the fun for everyone?


Crash! Bang! Boo! CHAPTER 1
“COME ON, FRANKY!” SAID VAMPYRA. “We’re missing all the fun!”

“It sounds like a howling good time!” said Wolfy.

“One more bolt to tighten,” said Franky. “There! Now my windup monster is all ready for the village’s first ever Monster Mash competition!”

The villagers had been so thankful for the Junior Monster Scouts helping them before, that the mayor insisted the Junior Monster Scouts join them for the village’s birthday celebration. To show the Junior Monster Scouts that the villagers were no longer afraid of the monsters (it had all been a big misunderstanding), the mayor declared a special contest: a Monster Mash competition. Whoever created the coolest, the craziest, the most wonderful windup monster would win the first place ribbon and a hand-carved cuckoo clock, made by none other than the mayor himself!

Franky set his wrench down and stepped back. His windup mechanical monster hopped up and down, clapping its claws and waving its tentacles.

“That looks great, Franky!” said Wolfy.

About The Author

Joe McGee is the author of three picture books, Peanut Butter and BrainsPeanut Butter and Aliens; and Peanut Butter and Santa Claus, all illustrated by Charles Santoso. Joe is on the faculty of Sierra Nevada College’s Writing for Children and Young Adults low-residency MFA program, and teaches writing at Rowan University in New Jersey. A graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in writing for children and young adults as well as Rowan University Master’s Writing Program, Joe writes everything from picture books through young adult novels. He’s an active member of SCBWI and you can find him online at and on Twitter at @McGeeJP.

About The Illustrator

© Ethan Long

Ethan Long is the acclaimed author and illustrator of many books for children, among them the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner Up, Tall, and High. He is also the creator of the animated, Emmy nominated series Tasty Time with ZeFronk, which airs daily on Disney Junior.

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