The Scariest Book Ever – written and illustrated by Bob Shea

     The Scariest Book Ever – written and illustrated by Bob Shea, Disney Hyperion, 9781484730461, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? Eek!  This is the scariest book ever!  Even the ghost is scared!  As our little ghost protagonist narrates, readers will see cuter and cuter things pop out of the “creepy” woods.  Will he be able to brave a forest with a pumpkin-picking, cupcake-eating bunny?  Will you?

Young readers and listeners will love the silly contrast of a typically spooky creature being quite frightened of happy-go-lucky animals and activities.  The illustrations are what really make this book shine (literally!).  The ghost is depicted in a textured, translucent material that makes this character stand out while being invisible!  The rest of the book is done in bold colors that are appealing and match the theme of combining spooky and cute items.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No!  This is a fun follow-up to the original The Happiest Book Ever and not only echos the tone, but also has another important message for readers (in this case, facing your fears).

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommended for reading aloud for a silly (instead of spooky) night.  Little fans of Bob Shea’s other works or Jory John’s humor (Quit Calling Me a Monster! and Penguin Problems) will love this.

Who should buy this book? Childrens’ library collections (public and school)

Where would you shelve it ? Picture book collection

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Sure!  This would be a funny read-aloud for K-2 groups.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Melissa McCleary, Pembroke Public Library, Pembroke, MA

Date of review: May 31, 2017

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