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A Very Hairy Scary Story Hardcover – August 19, 2004


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Kindergarten-Grade 3–It's early evening in a quiet suburban neighborhood. After staying at a friend's house an hour longer than she was supposed to, young Sarah decides to walk home quickly and sneak into bed so that Dad does not find out. On the way, she encounters a huge multi-eyed spider, an enormous flying bat, an odoriferous skunk, a ferocious bear, a chest-beating ape, and a roaring lion. Frightened, she runs into the arms of her father, who has come to look for her, and apologizes for staying out so late. The rhyming text keeps the action moving quickly. Done in pen and ink and watercolor, the exaggerated and humorous illustrations will send tingles down readers' spines. Sarah's large round eyes and stiff body postures reveal her nervousness. Children who look closely at the shadow-filled pictures will see that the "hairy scary" beasts are actually everyday objects transformed by an overactive imagination. A fun-filled look at nighttime fears.–Linda Staskus, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH
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About the Author

Rick Walton became a children's writer because, after trying almost every other career in the book, he finally realized that writing for kids was one of the few things that he both enjoyed and was good at. Since that realization he has had over forty books published, with many more scheduled for publication over the next couple of years. His works include picture books, riddle books, activity books, a collection of poetry, and educational and game software. His books have been featured on the IRA Children's Choice list, on Reading rainbow, and on CBS This Morning.

Rick lives in Provo, Utah, with his wife, Ann, the brains of the household, who also writes for kids, programs computers, masters Rick's website, and does all the home repair that Rick never learned how to do. It was Ann, who grew up in a computer family and who has eight siblings and a father in the computer industry, who dragged Rick kicking and screaming into the computer age. Now Rick doesn't understand how anyone can survive without word-processing programs, e-mail, and their own website.

They have four children, all of whom are learning to love reading, writing, and computers.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (August 19, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399238581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399238581
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,220,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Rick Walton first thought of writing for children when his high school English teacher, Joyce Nelson, told him that a story he had written for the class would make a good children's book. But it wasn't until after he had dabbled in business, law, teaching, software design, and almost every other career in the book, he finally realized that writing for kids was one of the few things that he both enjoyed and was good at. Since then Rick has had over ninety books published. His works include picture books, riddle books, activity books, mini-mysteries, a collection of poetry, and educational and game software. His books have been featured on the IRA Children's Choice list, Reading Rainbow, and on CBS This Morning. Rick teaches university courses on picture book writing and on the children's book publishing industry.

You can find out more about Rick at www.rickwalton.com, and at www.rickcreation.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reading my way thru life on August 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
At first I was hesitant about reading this at bedtime because even though the verse is fun, some of the pictures (I thought) were a little scary. I was wrong! -Our 5 year old daughter got a kick out of this and asked me to READ IT AGAIN as soon as we finished. The first time through she covered her eyes when we'd turn the page to see what the 'very hairy scary' thing was going to be. The second time through she was reading along and laughing and couldn't wait to get to the scary parts.

The story is about a girl who has lost track of time and was supposed to be home an hour ago. She decides to walk home (in the dark) and sneak into her bed so that no one will notice that she wasn't there the whole time. Her walk from the friend's house to her home is where she encounters the very hairy scary things.

The illustrations really do fit the story perfectly.

Me and my daughter had a great time reading this. Daddy heard us reading and laughing and wanted to know what was so much fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Saunders on February 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of my son's favorites! I love creepy, scary things too, so it's great fun for us both. The story unfolds in such a way that it is not too scary for young kids, but introduces them to the idea of the traditional "ghost story" that kids tell around a campfire. It's especially nice that all the scary things in the story are simply a product of the main character, Sarah's imagination. My five-year old son wants to read it over and over again, and never tires of it.
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By Mette Ivie Harrison on December 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My son loves to guess what is going to happen next in this book, and he never gets tired of the game. I love the illustrations with the hidden hints about what is really behind the scary creatures. And the little girl's face is hilarious!
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