By GLENN TOLLE
When I was a kid I believed in a lot of strange things. I formed a paranormal investigation group and hunted with little luck for all manner of things that go bump in the night. I had a lot of fun, and while I obviously still enjoy things that go bump in the night, I’ve grown more skeptical as an adult.
In this edition of FRIGHTS FOR TYKES, I’ll be covering THE CASE OF THE WANDERING WEREWOLF by Drew Stevenson, illustrated by Linda Winchester. My edition of this book was published in 1991 by POCKETBOOKS “a division of Simon & Schuster” under their A MINSTREL BOOK imprint.
THE CASE OF THE WANDERING WEREWOLF follows a gaggle of kids – Raymond Almond, Verna Wilkes and J. Huntley English – as they attempt to hunt down a werewolf that one Tony Chipaletta claims attacked him. J. leads the team, as he is a self-proclaimed monster hunter and expert. His character reminds me of me when I was his age; a young horror nut who wants to see a “real” monster with his own eyes. It shouldn’t come as a surprise then that I greatly enjoyed reading what he had to say on the subject of lycanthropy.
THE CASE OF THE WANDERING WEREWOLF is a hairy entertaining read that packs a lot into its 128 pages. I recently picked up this bite sized book at RHINO’S COMICS & COLLECTIBLES; like the store, the book is a lot of fun and well worth visiting.
I bought my edition for $3 dollars flat but you can find it for 98 cents, plus $4.89 shipping “Used” in “Good” condition on AMAZON, and you can grab many other scary children’s titles, including GOOSEBUMPS, at Rhino’s at 22 Sutorius Dr. in Rochester, NY or from their site.
Incidentally, when I visited Rhino’s and bought this book I drew a few cartoons inside my cartoon collections which they were kind enough to stock. Later, when I got home and opened up THE CASE OF THE WANDERING WEREWOLF I noticed the signature of a child: Drew Glenn. So Drew, if you;re out there and reading this, I hope you remember this book!