The scariest book ever

Bob Shea

Book - 2017

"This is the scariest book ever! Or so claims its melodramatic ghost narrator. You can go ahead and turn the page, but don't expect him to come with you. He is a big scaredy-cat!"--

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Subjects
Genres
Picture books
Published
Los Angeles ; New York : Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group 2017.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN
9781484730461
1484730461
Main Author
Bob Shea (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

An intense orange cover suggests a Halloween surprise, as a smiling black kitty, limned in a shiny black patent leather–like surface, perches on the head of a distinctly disgruntled white ghost. The timorous ghost encourages the reader to go into the scary dark woods without him. Triangle-shaped trees surround a mysterious hole, but surprise! What comes out is just a smiling bunny accompanied by flowers. Not so scary after all. The emoji-like bunny hops along, joined by some jolly animal companions carrying a "Spooky Party" invitation. The cat and ghost want to go to the party but are frightened by the party goers' Halloween costumes—until the masks come off. The illustrations are distinctive Shea—simple graphics popping explosively with vivid colors and filled with unique, blocky cartoon characters happily enjoying themselves against full-color backgrounds. A companion piece to Shea's The Happiest Book Ever (2016), it's fun, not scary, and a comfortable Halloween story about what is really in the dark, scary woods. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Shea's always a best-seller, and a companion to an already popular book is sure to be snapped up immediately. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Shea's ghost narrator talks a good game about being brave, but readers will see right through him—especially after he spills orange juice on himself and spends the rest of the book "naked." (In a marvelous design touch, spot gloss is used to make the ghost barely visible.) The ghost sends readers to check out the "scary dark woods" outside, which turn out to be home to a chipper rabbit who organizes a costume party. After finally venturing outdoors, the ghost gets the fright of his afterlife when he sees the partygoers in costume. "Why didn't you warn me?" he scolds readers. "Are you trying to scare me more to death?" Playing a candy colored palette against stark blacks and whites, Shea's chic, retro graphics gleefully balance fright and fun: even amid pumpkin picking, costume making, and craft projects, the forest's trees look as sharp as knives. Ages 6–8. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (July) Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 2—Silliness abounds in Shea's latest work. The narrator, a small ghost, doesn't want readers to go into the scary woods, because it is full of frightening things. He'd rather stay home and wash his sheet and eat doughnuts. He's skeptical when he hears about a cute bunny, cupcakes, and Halloween party but agrees to go into the woods to save readers from the super scary monsters. When he goes into the woods he is frightened away by the monsters, but then learns that it is just the animals in costume. He enjoys the joke, the party, and the cupcakes. The book is full of funny artwork with bright colors and comic characters. Children will get a laugh at the ghost's belly full of doughnuts. The realization that the ghost is essentially naked after taking off his sheet to wash will also amuse young readers. VERDICT A hilarious book that will keep the giggles coming, this will be a hit for Halloween read-alouds.—V. Lynn Christiansen, Wiley International Studies Magnet Elementary School, Raleigh, NC Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A melodramatic ghost narrator warns children that the book they are reading is terribly scary before turning paranoid in the face of innocent and silly animals, including a pumpkin-picking bunny rabbit. By the creator of the Dinosaur vs. series. 25,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A young ghost lives by a dark forest, but he's afraid of monsters and too scared to go there, inviting young readers to turn the pages and explore it on their own.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"This is the scariest book ever! Or so claims its melodramatic ghost narrator. You can go ahead and turn the page, but don't expect him to come with you. He is a big scaredy-cat!"--

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A silly (and actually not TOO scary!) story perfect for Halloween read-alouds, from favorite funny man Bob Shea! "A delight for kids who have graduated from Hervé Tullet's work and such classics as There's a Monster at the End of This Book." -- Kirkus Reviews Reader beware! This is the scariest book ever! Or so claims its melodramatic ghost narrator. Go ahead and turn the page, but don't expect him to come with you. Anything might pop out of that black hole in the middle of the forest! What do you mean, it's just a bunny? Well, it's probably a bunny with big fangs! Despite the ghost's fear-mongering, none of the animal characters seem very scary at all.... What's up with that? Many delights -- such as surprises after the page turns, a wildly over-the-top narrator, and perfect punch lines for readers to anticipate -- make this book a scream for both kids and parents.Don't miss The Happiest Book Ever, also by Bob Shea!

Review by Publisher Summary 5

A silly (and actually not TOO scary!) story perfect for Halloween read-alouds, from favorite funny man Bob Shea! "A delight for kids who have graduated from Hervé Tullet's work and such classics as There's a Monster at the End of This Book." -- Kirkus Reviews Reader beware! This is the scariest book ever! Or so claims its melodramatic ghost narrator. Go ahead and turn the page, but don't expect him to come with you. Anything might pop out of that black hole in the middle of the forest! What do you mean, it's just a bunny? Well, it's probably a bunny with big fangs! Despite the ghost's fear-mongering, none of the animal characters seem very scary at all.... What's up with that? Many delights -- such as surprises after the page turns, a wildly over-the-top narrator, and perfect punch lines for readers to anticipate -- make this book a scream for both kids and parents.Don't miss The Happiest Book Ever, also by Bob Shea!