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The Boy of a Thousand Faces

by Brian Selznick

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Alonzo King was born on Halloween and is obsessed with monsters and monster movies. He wants to be able to disguise himself like his hero, Lon Chaney. He decides to write a letter to the host of the television show Monsters at Midnight and that's is when his life becomes more exciting. Soon there are rumors of a mysterious beast lurking around the town and everyone wants Alonzo's advice. He also discovers there is more to his friendly mailman than he had previously thought. This is good book to use in the classroom to talk about prediction, imagination, and believing in yourself. ( )
  SuPendleton | Jun 16, 2014 |
Read this out loud A LONG time ago. Picked up a used copy today for the Little Free Library stock and the boy devoured it first. ( )
  beckydj | Mar 31, 2013 |
Alonzo King was born on Halloween, he has always loved monsters. No one ever guessed that he lived in a hunted house with a graveyard out back, communicates with the dead, turns into a six-armed, slim covered creature, or is a walking encyclopedia on horror films. When the beast arrives, not even Alonzo can track it down. He tries to solve the mystery of the creature stalking his town. ( )
  cspine | Feb 5, 2013 |
I just simlpy love this book. Selznick is one of my faveorites. I like how the kid dose all movie monster faces. The drawings are amazing just like in Hugo Cabret. ( )
  read-a-lots | Jul 22, 2009 |
I love Selznick's use of black and white. Early tween boys would understand this book, and would enjoy it at a halloween storytime with a mask-making project afterward. ( )
  isaacfellows | Nov 25, 2008 |
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Alonzo King dreams of being known as The Boy of a Thousand Faces after his hero, Lon Chaney, late star of horror films. Alone in his room he transforms his face with makeup and tape, and then takes pictures with a Polaroid. In a town of nonbelievers, Alonzo is an expert on monsters, vampires, and assorted ghouls. One year, as Halloween approaches (as does Alonzo's 10th birthday), rumors of a mysterious beast start circulating, and suddenly Alonzo's grisly expertise is in great demand. But who--or what--is this horrible beast that crushes gladiolas in the night and leaves claw prints on cars? And will Alonzo's wish for fame and understanding from his friends and neighbors ever come true?

Brian Selznick's black-and-white pencil drawings set a spooky stage for this story of intrigue and imagination. Although the plot is convoluted and faintly perplexing, the overall effect is pleasingly sinister. Close-ups of Mr. Blake, Alonzo's seemingly mild-mannered neighbor and cohort in all things macabre, inspire speculation about skeletons he may be harboring in his own closet. Readers will want to run right out and read The Lost City of Atlantis, or rent the old classic versions of Frankenstein, The Phantom of the Opera, and Dracula. Perfect Halloween fare from the illustrator of Andrew Clements's Frindle and Pam Munoz Ryan's Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride. (Ages 7 to 11) --Emilie Coulter

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Obsessed with horror films, ten-year-old Alonzo dreams of transforming himself into "The Boy of a Thousand Faces" and gets his wish in an unexpected way. Because Alonzo King was born on Halloween, he has always loved monsters. No one would ever guess that he lives in a haunted house with a graveyard out back, communicates with the dead, turns into a six-armed, slime-covered creature, or is a walking encyclopedia on horror films! However, when The Beast arrives, not even Alonzo can track it down. Will he be able to solve the mystery of the creature stalking his town and make his dream of becoming the Boy of a Thousand Faces come true?… (more)

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