Hey, it’s almost Halloween!
That calls for a scary story.
But not TOO scary.
Why is it so perfect? Because Little Monster wants to be in exactly that kind of story—scary, but not TOO scary. And a little bit funny too.
Sean Taylor is one of my favorite picture book authors. His books are imaginative and full of quirky humor and lively language. In this one, Little Monster “co-creates” the story through the dialogue-only meta narrative—meaning he and the narrator discuss how the story should go.
Despite this advance discussion, the story is full of suspense. For example, what happens when Little Monster enters a dark and frightening forest . . . or a spooky house . . . or encounters a creepy witch?
Well, for one thing, we get some funny exclamatory outbursts:
OH MY GOLLY GOSH!
OH JEEPERS CREEPERS!
OH YIKES AND CRIKES!
I want to be in a scary story where I do the scaring!
Oh, you want to be the scary one?
OK then. You can creep up the stairs,
Sneak over to the door and then . . .
SCARE THE PERSON INSIDE!
This is more fun now!
I’ve found the door!
Now I’M going to be scary!
Just as he’s about to turn the handle, Little Monster realizes he doesn’t know what’s on the other side of the door. And neither do we. But we WANT to know. And that’s what keeps us turning the pages. (By the way, this is a 48-page picture book, so there’s some extra room for those dramatic page turns!)
Then Little Monster disappears. We chase after him—down the eerie hallway, outside the spooky house, into the dark forest.
Sorry, can’t give away the ending. Let’s just say that it ends with a scary surprise. But not TOO scary.
And a little bit funny too.
*****BOOK NEWS & GIVEAWAY !!!*****
Today is the official pub day for A Cozy Good Night, the large-size board book version of William’s Winter Nap. Except for the title, and the board book format, it’s exactly the same—same text, and same Chuck Groenink artwork. So why the title change? Apparently some large retailers prefer titles without names, at least for board books. (Which is funny, because in the original version of the text, the boy didn’t have a name—Disney asked me to give him one, and to include it in the title…)
SO, to celebrate, I’m giving away TWO copies. Just leave a comment below by November 5th and I’ll pick two random winners.
And, finally, the winner of Vincent Comes Home from last month’s interview with Jessixa and Aaron Bagley is Linda Swingle. Congratulations!
Happy Halloween y’all!