Thursday, June 1, 2017
Bedtime Story Pick: The Too-Scary Story
by Bethanie Deeney Murguia
Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic
Available June 27, 2017
Bethanie Murguia ( Zoe's Room, Zoe's Jungle) continues to wow the preschool and young readers world! Her clever stories depict sibling rivalry and family love that adults will remember from their younger years. Little ones will giggle at the active banter between the younger brother and the older sister.
Grace wants a scary story; Walter wants a story, but not a too-scary story. Papa gamely begins his story, " One night, two brave explorers and their dog were walking through the forest. It was very, very dark." Walter decides dark is too scary, so Papa lightens it up. Each time Papa begins to tell a creepy story, Grace is enamored while Walter is terrified. Poor Papa has to balance the scary elements (dark, forest, shadow) with not too-scary elements (fireflies, bunnies). In the end, the children are snug in their beds and they each got their kind of story.
Illustrations capture the spookiness of the forest, the presence of the animals in the night, the fear in the children's eyes, and the intelligence and curiosity of their dog who is their constant companion. It is a book like this one that will make city dwelling kids beg for a dog!
Highly, highly recommended for preschool and young readers. This one is sure to be Audrey approved! (My little niece)
FTC Required Disclaimer: I received the F & G from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review.