The Art of Darkness

Campfire Songs for Monsters

September 10th, 2009 by Cobwebs

Book CoverOne nice thing about little kids is that gross things make them giggle. Sipping Spiders Through a Straw would be an absolute laff riot for the graham cracker set, since it adds creepy lyrics to popular campfire songs and pairs them with appropriate pictures. “My Delicious Frankenstein” (In a kitchen, in a castle/filled with mold and turpentine/lived a baker, monster maker/and her true love Frankenstein) features a monster with whipped cream and a cherry, and Zombie Midge (Zombie Midge is falling down, rolling round, all through town/Zombie Midge is falling down/My pale lady) has maggots dribbling off her edges.

The artist is the splendidly-named Gris Grimly, who’s illustrated similar works (such as Wicked Nursery Rhymes I and II and Where Madness Reigns). His stuff somehow manages to be macabre and whimsical at the same time.

This would be a great gift for a slightly-morbid child (in other words, all of them), or for an adult with a dark sense of humor. It’d be fun to bust out the alternate lyrics around the campfire and simultaneously amuse the kids and unsettle the adults. Fun for the whole family!

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