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Fright Club

(Fright Club #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  668 ratings  ·  124 reviews
Each year, on Halloween eve, Fright Club meets to go over their plan: Operation Kiddie Scare. Only the scariest of monsters can join Fright Club-Vladimir the Vampire, Fran K. Stein, Sandy Witch, and Virginia Wolf have all made the cut. They've been practicing their ghoulish faces, their scary moves, and their chilling sounds. But when a band of cute little critters comes a ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 11th 2015 by Bloomsbury
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This is the 3rd book by Ethan Long with his gang of monsters we have read. My nephew loves these. When he saw the cover, he went crazy over this. He got up and was running around his room saying, YES YES YEEEESSSS.

He settled down and we read this cute read. It feels like the first one. The gang of monsters has started a fright club. A little cute rabbit wants to join and it’s only for monsters. Well, the cute rabbit gets a lawyer to get the rabbit into the club.

This is some seriously cute and fu
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It the annual meeting of Fright Club and Vladimir is trying to get the monsters ready for Operation: Kiddie Scare. However, it would seem that no one has been doing their homework and their spooking is not up to par. When the meeting is interrupted by a knock at the door, Vladimir sees a small bunny, one who wishes to join Fright Club. After a good chuckle, Vladimir turns the fluffy woodland creature away, only to have a few repeat visits. With Operation: Kiddie Scare hanging in the balance, the ...more
Oct 16, 2015 rated it liked it

One night a cute little bunny goes a’knocking on Fright Club’s door hoping to join. But can cute be scary?

Vladimir, Fright Club’s Vampire leader, says only monsters can be scary. So our determined bunny with a cute critter army by his side set out to prove Vladimir and the Fright Club wrong.

This adorable Halloween tale turns labels and images upside down. Can cute and fluffy animals make ghoulish faces? Can monsters be scared?

Come and see! Join the club if you dare! :)


Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute little Halloween story about monster trying to be scary but realizing maybe there not the best at it. Simple, cute, fun and a good way to introduce the young one to Halloween!
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Busy planning for the upcoming Halloween celebrations, Vladimir the Vampire and the other members of the Fright Club have no time for the cute little bunnies knocking at the door, wanting to join their group. When the bunnies show up with a lawyer, the monsters continue to ignore them, but then a full-blown protest gets going, and things get pretty hairy. It turns out that cute critters can be just as frightening as the monsters...

An entertaining, lighthearted Halloween-time romp, Fright Club to
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a fun little Halloween read. Bug didn't love it right off the bat, but she didn't hate it either. ...more
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cute book that teaches even monsters can be scared! Great for a Halloween read aloud. I read an ebook version and found the text to be slightly off, but that's probably a formatting issue. ...more
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The night before Halloween, all of the monsters in Fright Club met for one last time to finalize their plans to terrify children. But just as they were about to begin showing their scary faces, a little bunny knocked on the door. The bunny asked to join Fright Club, but the monsters just laughed and sent the bunny away. The monsters went back to demonstrating their frightening faces, but none of them were actually scary at all. Another knock came on the door and it was a wolf insisting that crit ...more
J. Boo
Nov 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-to-kids
A club of monsters practices being scary to get ready for Halloween, but, to the dismay of their vampire leader, they aren't very good. A cute bunny shows up and demands admittance, but is told she can't join, since she's not a monster. She returns with a lawyer (!), pickets them with another group of cute animals (!!), and then the animals break in and show how amazing they are at being scary via a completely unconvincing illustration (!!!). They're accepted as part of the club and everyone get ...more
Rosa Cline
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids, halloween
This was an 'okay' book. The idea behind it was a good one but it wasn't written very well. The monsters are used to being scary and having a meeting before the big night where they need to be scary but they aren't showing much of scariness... But a fluffy little bunny knocks on the door and want to join the club but they won't let her because of her not being a monster. (the part of the book I disagreed with and almost stopped reading it) she went and hired a lawyer and he told the main monster ...more
FRIGHT CLUB by Ethan Long is an adorable picture book perfect for the Halloween season.

When Vladimir vampire calls a meeting of the Fright Club, he didn’t expect a cute little bunny to show up. When the club rejects the rabbit, the bunny enlists the help of his friends and a lawyer to convince Fright Club members that they can be scary and have a lot to contribute to their club. Themes related to stereotypes and inclusion make this more than the standard Halloween story.

The spooky illustrations
Alison Strandell
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite children's Halloween book I've encountered so far! The characters and artwork are beautifully done, like something you'd seen in a cartoon or animated movie. The premise is hilarious, that the cutesy little bunnies and butterflies have bigger scaring potential than the usual suspects: vampires, mummies, and Frankenstein. They want to be included in the Fright Club, too. This book made my family laugh out loud. ...more
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
The monsters have a club, only for monsters, but the cute animals want to join! It was fun to see the monsters fail at being scary and the animals gave them a good lesson. With its simple story, this picture book was pleasant, and the atmosphere was good for an Halloween month, even if it wasn't scary at all. ...more
Edward Sullivan
Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it
More fun than fright.
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
When you see and hear a bunny growl, you can't deny their potentially terrifying nature! ...more
Janet Emson
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books, reviewed
Bunny wants to join Fright Club but Vladimir won’t let her. Will she manage to change his mind?

This is a tale of a bunny who wants to join fright club in time for Halloween. It has become a favourite with my children and so means multiple readings for me, though thankfully I don’t mind.

The illustrations are very detailed and fit the story perfectly. They are dark in places, with lots of grey and black used. Luckily they don’t scare the children, even when Mumford the mummy does his scary party t
Mama Bibliosoph
Halloween creatures convene for a meeting of Fright Club when a knock on the door reveals a fluffy white rabbit and pals who want to join in on 'Operation Kiddie Scare.' But Vladimir says, “Fright Club is for monsters only!”

The cute critters return with protest signs, a discrimination lawsuit, and ultimately prove that they have the chops for the job. (And the monsters are shown to need the help.)

Fright Club has a great message about challenging authority, discrimination, and defying expectation
Vladimir the Vampire is holding one last meeting of Fright Club. He's teaching the 3 traits of highly successful monsters: ghoulish faces, scary moves, chilling sounds. While Vlad is trying to get the class going he is interrupted by knocking on the door. When he opens the door he finds a cute bunny begging for entrance into Fright Club. He laughs and turns the rabbit away.

Back to teaching and Vlad is seriously disappointed in the efforts put forth by his students. Again he is interrupted by a k
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Fright club is a club full of spooks and ghouls. In order to be in the fright club you must be scary. When a little bunny comes to join, he is turned away because he is too cute. While Vlademir the Vampire is trying to teach his club how to be more scary, the bunny decides to lawyer up and make a case against the club that won't let him in. Just because he's cute doesn't mean he can't be scary too and he's going to prove it! ...more
Jul 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: None
his is a story about all the scary characters meeting to prepare for Halloween. A little rabbit wants to join the club but Vladamir the Vampire denies him membership. The rabbit comes back with a lawyer and later with a whole group to protest the situation. They finally see the animals are better at "spooking" than the monsters. It is just ok. I would skip this one. Not recommended. ...more
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is such a frighteningly silly book! Loved both the story and the illustrations. This was the perfect book to read with my toddler this Halloween season. The monsters are adorable... and just when you thought the animals were too cute... they surprise everyone with what they can do. Hope to read over and over again.
The Brothers
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Monsters think they are the only ones who can truly scare this Halloween season, so they block regular creatures from their club. The regular creatures find a way to prove that monsters aren't the only ones that can frighten people.

Illustrations are fun.
Molly Cluff (Library!)
A little bunny wants to be included in the club of scary halloween monsters. I like the illustration style a lot! A bit tricky to do for storytime because there is a lot of dialogue and a lot of different speakers, but you could practice making the scary faces scary sounds together.
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mommy picked this book out for us to read in October to get ready for Halloween. She picked it out because of the illustrations. They are so cute. However, the story was a little over my 3-year-old head.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture, halloween
The monsters hold the last meeting of Fright Club on Halloween Eve. All the cute creatures in the neighborhood want to join but the monsters say "No". That is until all the cute creatures scare the monsters. I think too hard to read aloud b/c so many characters. ...more
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Who knew a bunny could be scarier than a vampire, mummy or Frankenstein? Everyone is scary on Halloween!
Miss Ryoko
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Super cute!
Rocking illustrations!
Sunah Chung
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fright club tells a story about stereotypes which are a widely held idea of a person or a group of people. When Halloween approaches, Vladimir the Vampire, Fran K. Stein, Sandy Witch, and Virginia Wolf have a meeting to practice “ghoulish faces, scary moves, and chilling sounds”. Unfortunately, the monsters are not good at looking scary. However, when a little bunny and his friends come to join the club, the group kicks them out because the bunny, the butterfly, and other friends are cute rather ...more
Clover Blaire
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Short Book Summaries for Busy People

Initial Impression: The drawings and setting are perfectly displayed.
Pictures: Muted colors. Contemporary.
Characters: A group of scary friends practice their scare techniques for Halloween.
Plot: A bunny rabbit is denied entrance into a fright club based on appearances and so he fights to get admitted.
One Line Summary: Looks can be deceiving; do not judge others on appearances.
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Ethan Long is a popular, award-winning and internationally recognized children's book author and illustrator with over 70 children's books, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award and an Emmy-nominated television series to his credit. Just about all of his awake time is spent writing stories, drawing pictures and spending time with his family. Since graduating from Ringling College of Art and Design in 1991, ...more

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