From Publishers Weekly
In this good-humored picture book, a parent pounces on a child's fear of the things that go bump in the night and transforms it into a game. The narrator, in verse, banteringly dismisses the existence of ghosts, then adds "the werewolves' bay-- / AIYAAA . . . / would scare a ghost away!" At which point all dread of ghosts cedes to a sudden terror of werewolves ("Did you say werewolves?"). Each new apparition is quickly supplanted by another, even more frightening entity. The rhyme hurtles along, full of glee, punctuated by the child's loud shouts of dread-filled surprise. But it is obvious that the child is now delighted by each arrival, egging on the adult for the next in the gallery of ghouls. Oversize watercolors, which combine an effective mix of somber grays and splashes of bright paint, are both eerie and exotic, and convey--spiritedly--the giddy intrigue of the text. Ages 6-up.
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From Kirkus Reviews
An anything-but-soothing bedtime rhyme for two voices: ``Everything will be all right./There aren't any ghosts in sight...'' ``GHOSTS! DID YOU SAY GHOSTS?'' ``There's no such thing as spooks or ghosts./I guarantee it...well, almost...'' In dark, thick colors and broad strokes, Baskin renders an array of supernatural creatures--witch, demon, gorgon, ghoul, even a ``slithy tove''--as shadowy shapes, not as ferocious as those in Imps, Demons, Hobgoblins, Witches, Fairies and Elves (1984), but larger and more melodramatically posed. Some are done up in ways that are almost comically crude, which, together with Michelson's teasing tone, gives young readers the option of laughing or shivering. (Picture book. 6-8) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.