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Under the Gruesome Willow

To celebrate our 35th birthday, Greenwillow is thrilled (and chilled) to announce new editions of some of our most beloved books—as you’ve never seen them before!

Were-Kitten’s First Full Moon,
by Kevin Henkes
The moon is full. Kitten is hungry and inquisitive and brave and fast and persistent and unlucky . . . then lucky! What a night!

Amelia Bedelia Bites the Dust, by Herman Parish, illustrated by Lynn Sweat
The literal-minded housekeeper can turn even death on its head!

The Witchy Boy, by Sid Fleischman
Jemmy, a poor boy once living on the streets, now has supernatural powers. Prince Brat better watch out.

A Chair for My Undead Mother,
by Vera B. Williams
A grave-warming story about one family’s joyful spirit.

Olive’s Black Lagoon, by Kevin Henkes
You know Olive was dead, right? Well this time, the story’s really about her.

Undeadline, by Chris Crutcher
What if you only had one year to live . . . and an eternity in high school afterwards?

The Afterlives of Christopher Chant, by Diana Wynne Jones
Christopher Chant may have nine lives, but what happens when he uses them all up?

“More More More Brains,” Said the Zombie, by Vera B. Williams
Need we say more?

Fright Train, by Donald Crews
A book to truly scare the youngest child.

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse of Doom, by Kevin Henkes
When Mr. Slinger confiscates Lilly’s prized possessions, Lilly’s fury leads to revenge.

The Demon Queen of Attolia, by Megan Whalen Turner
Once again Megan Whalen Turner will shock readers with a twist they never saw coming.

The New Vampire on the Block, by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by James Stevenson
Over 100 spooky poems about strange creatures and people!

Ida P . . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fear, Attract Disaster, and (Probably) Destroy the World,
by Katherine Hannigan

How does a fourth grade poltergeist cope when outside forces attempt to move into her orchard? She enters her Black Period, and it is not pretty.

Staying Dead for Sarah Byrnes, by Chris Crutcher
Because friends don’t let friends become zombies.

Ten, Nine, Ate,
by Molly Bang
Counting down to bedtime takes a surprising turn when someone isn’t sleepy.

Criss Cross and Zombies,
by Lynne Rae Perkins
You wished something would happen.


  1. Tim Smith says:


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  3. Tee hee hee. What’s come over you people?

    P.S. Greenwillow logo could so easily be turned into Edward Gorey-like drooping cemetery tree.

  4. Megan Whalen Turner says:

    Oh, this is wonderful. You realize that every single title by Tana Hoban takes on gruesome new meaning? OVER, UNDER, THROUGH. OMG, WHAT IS THAT! You thought they were darling little sneakers, but instead they are EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE.


  5. Michelle says:

    Megan, LOL.

    Lois especially liked the spooky connotations of SHADOWS AND REFLECTIONS…ooOOooOOOohhh…

  6. Brenda Bowen says:

    I hope these were all okay’d by your founder, Susan Hearseman.

  7. Deb Murphy says:

    Ya’ll are a bunch of APRIL FOOLS!

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  9. Okay, I wanna read “Undeadline!”

  10. Becky McDonald says:

    Thanks for giving us a laugh!

  11. You guys are brilliant AND witty. I agree, Rebecca. Undeadline would be the perfect sequel. And I’d buy Were-Kitty in a silver bullet flash.

  12. Leslie says:

    You know, you may have just solved the “children’ aren’t reading enough” problem. More were-kitties, undead, brain-eating and gore in the Newbery and Caldecott books: that’s what we need!

    (Not Greenwillow, but how about FRANKENLEIN: In an old house in Paris all covered with vines lived twelve dreadful monsters in two straight lines… “And around her green, bolted neck there was a *scar*!” Yes, I know, it was Madeline’s Rescue that got the Caldecott, not Madeline – but, clearly, Frankenlein would’ve won).

  13. Donna Bray says:

    I love Greenwillow more than ever now.

  14. Kaethe says:

    My kids share my morbid streak, and if Greenwillow were to make these books available, I would be forced to buy all of them.

  15. marjorie says:

    all i want in life is More More More Brains Said the Zombie.

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  17. Emily Whitman says:

    This makes me very happy.

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