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(Fright Club #3)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  429 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Geisel Award-winning author and illustrator Ethan Long turns his attention to the day of thanks with a story that's to die for.

It's the fourth Thursday of November, and the members of Fright Club are cooking up something spooky . . . a Thanksgiving feast!

But when Vlad's family arrives unexpectedly, they put their own spin on each of the dishes. Now, the rolls are as hard
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Bloomsbury Children's Books (first published September 1st 2018)
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What a fresh Thanksgiving story! A hit at our house.

Ethan takes Halloween characters like dracula, wolfgirl, a witch etc and they continue on after Halloween and they too celebrate Thanksgiving giving. The gang live together. Wolfman here is a girl name Virginia and she's a wolf - get it. I love that. There is a mummy, a ghost and Frankenstein all together making a lovely dinner.

Then Vlad's family pop in to join them at Thanksgiving. They then proceed to ruin all the gang's hard work. It's actu
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Family and the holidays! What could possibly go wrong!?
A Allen
Nov 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
You can absolutely be mad at family for disrespecting your boundaries. This story is about Vladimir's family unexpectedly coming to Thanksgiving, putting their own twist on the holiday dishes Vladimir and his friends worked hard on, and then their dog, Spike, devouring all the food. Vladimir is mad and when Vladimir tells them that they ruined Thanksgiving, his family says "Vladdy, you can't be mad at us! We're family." Vladimir thinks Aunt Bessy is right and they have a holiday do-over where th ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it
The monstrous friends of the Fright Club return in this third picture-book devoted to their adventures, following upon the Fright Club and Valensteins . Getting ready for their annual Thanksgiving feast, the friends are not quite prepared when Vladdy's relatives descend upon them, altering all of their dishes, and generally making a mess of things. When their dog Spike eats the entire dinner however, our vampiric hero has had enough. Has Thanksgiving been ruined? Or is there something dee ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was cute, sometimes during the holidays family can ruin it just by trying to make it great. This was great, not too wordy and perfect for any kind of storytime. This was not as good as the Valentines one but still made me chuckle.
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
And you thought you had problems when everyone comes over for Thanksgiving! Funny take on an unusual family and their different likes and dislikes (garlic in the mashed potatoes--NO!) for the big dinner.
Miss Ryoko
Oct 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Not as good as the other two, but I LOVE the dedication page (For the witnesses of the pizza incident) - I'd love to know that story.

Illustrations are great (like always)
I'm not wild about the message that you have to forgive family when they arrive unexpectedly, interfere without being asked to contribute, ruin a holiday meal, and then say they didn't mean any harm. But the pictures are cute. ...more
Robin Raines-Bond
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
LOL so fun! A twist on Thanksgiving and family stories. Enjoy!
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I just adore this series. It's silly and the illustrations are adorable. This is a great book to read during the Thanksgiving holiday. ...more
Nov 07, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Fine literature.
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh boy, did my third graders love this book!
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
It’s cute. Won’t become my new favorite but for a different Thanksgiving story it’s a nice change. I want to track down the rest of the series.
Janet Weber
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is too silly...and while it's meant for Thanksgiving, it could easily be ready for Halloween! ...more
Lisa D
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Cute holiday book!
The illustrations carry the book. Ethan Long is a talented person, but the story has many gaps that will surely need to be explained to a child. All in all, it's a fun book. ...more
Nov 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I find the picture book world vast and intimidating – do you? It seems as though at least fifty new picture books are released each week. Only the strong could survive such an onslaught (not me, I am not that hardy)! Still, I need to keep up a bit, if only so that I have new titles to recommend to friends and gift to the littles in my life. Ethan Long’s Fangsgiving is a fun monster-mash of a Thanksgiving book that will be a hit year-round, but especially during the autumn months.

Did you know tha
Kathryn (Dragon Bite Books)
Review originally published on my blog Nine Pages .

I was truly pleased by this original Thanksgiving tale. A group of monsters (a vampire named Vladimir, a werewolf, a witch, a mummy named Mumford) every fourth Thursday in November get together to celebrate Thanksgiving, and they all cook a special dish. When Vladimir’s family drop in unexpectedly, they go about expressing their distaste for the dishes and improving them with their own ghastly twists (boogie butter, eyeballs, baboon farts), m
Alyssa Gudenburr
A funny story how a vampire's family surprise visit messes up Thanksgiving. They do a Thanksgiving do over, and have a much better meal the second time. ...more
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
This is a decent Thanksgiving picture book with a huge twist.

The message is strong about family.

The dull colors in the illustrations lend itself to the vampire feel intended by the illustrator.
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The monsters were gathering for their annual Thanksgiving feast which included many of the familiar characters from Ethan Long’s previous books. Everyone is working hard, doing their specific jobs to get the meal ready when they hear a honking horn. It is a carload of Vladimir’s relatives! Vladimir is excited to see them and it isn’t long before they start adding their own flair to everyone’s Thanksgiving dishes, including Vladimir’s own turkey. Vladimir’s friends are confused as their dishes ar ...more
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Good for monster-obsessed kiddos, but there's nothing new or noteworthy here. ...more
A combination of Halloween and Thanksgiving, this picture book is about when monsters and a vampire’s family clash during the making of Thanksgiving dinner.
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
There’s always room for one more at this spooky dinner table.

A monster’s idea of how to make great mashed potatoes or pie obviously might not be exactly the same as how a person would make it. Some of the best scenes in this tale were the ones that showed how mummies, vampires, and other creatures of the night whip up a traditional – or not so traditional, as the case may be – Thanksgiving dinner. They were every bit as unusual and sometimes icky as I’d hoped they would be.

One of the things I di
I usually like this author/illustrator's picture books because of his clever way with words or unique take on ordinary experiences. While I liked this one well enough, I got tired of the out-of-control relatives who have decided to drop by for a Thanksgiving feast with Vlad. Vlad and his monster friends are preparing various dishes for the meal, but the newcomers have ideas of their own. Not only can they not eat garlic, but they add disgusting ingredients to the dishes or overcook the turkey so ...more
Richard Simpson
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Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s Thanksgiving, and all the members of Fright Club are ready to sit down to a perfectly planned feast until they hear a car pull up. When an unexpected family arrives, changing the entire menu, everything quickly falls apart. Will they all be able to all come together and save Thanksgiving, or will everything end in disaster?

A hilarious story for families, Fangsgiving explores what happens when holiday plans go awry. From: unexpected guests, new recipes, electrifying the turkey and a dog who
Jaime King
I think that this is the perfect picture book for young readers. The colors and illustrations is what keeps the book so lively. The dark purple and dark nights really set the scene for the book. I also love the touch of the illustrator giving each character googily eyes. The most Important part that I took away from this book is one of the themes that it offered. It showed all of the characters working together to save the day to make it the perfect fangsgiving (Thanksgiving). I think this could ...more
Cute read for that time between Halloween and Thanksgiving. The monsters are gathering for Thanksgiving dinner, each making his/her own contribution to the meal. Vladimir the vampire's family drives up unexpectedly and changes everything (no garlic in mashed potatoes, the turkey needs to be cooked differently, etc). The meal is a bust before being eaten by the dog. But Vladimir remembers this is family! So they do a do over with the family reigning it in a little. THe meal is different than expe ...more
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-book, holiday
A different twist on Thanksgiving and unusual family traditions. Vladimir the vampire's family unexpectedly shows up for Thanksgiving. They take over and begin to make adjustments to the traditional meal that Vladimir had planned. When it was over the meal was VERY different that what Vladimir's family had expected. I like to think that the HUGE dog saved the day by totally devouring the weird meal. After Vladimir has his meltdown, he realized that family gathering together is more important tha ...more
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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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