This graphic novel adaption of the TV episode “A Scooby-Doo Christmas”, reads just like a cartoon. The gang is headed to Daphne’s uncle’s house for Christmas when they get detoured due to a broken bridge. Soon they discover that the local town is being harassed by an evil monster named the snow monster. The snow monster is constantly scaring the kids and destroying chimneys to prevent Santa from bringing presents down the chimney. So begins a cat and mouse game between the gang and snow monster, where everyone in town seems to be the likely suspect, from the local sheriff to the professor who wrote a book about the snow monster. The perpetrator is predictable; however, the person who is responsible is let off the hook in the holiday spirit, which makes the ending unbelievable and frustrating. The overall look and feel of the story is cartoonish and the characters look just as they do on TV. The action is portrayed well and common phrases such as “Zoinks”, “Jeepers” and “Rooby-Rooby-Roo!” are used. It’s a short book that would be good for reluctant readers, but, especially for those that are familiar with the TV show.
Scooby-Doo!: A Merry Scary Holiday
by Lee Howard
Art by Alcadia Scn
Scholastic, Inc. , 2011