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Nathaniel Willy, Scared Silly Hardcover – February 1, 1994

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From Publishers Weekly

The squeaky door gets the grease, but not before full, noisy havoc is wreaked in Nathaniel Willy's bed. When the youngster mistakes the creaking door ("Eeeeeeek") for a ghost, tired Gramma attempts to allay his fears by bringing in the cat (then the dog, then a pig, etc.) for bedtime company. But each time the old woman leaves, the squeaking door triggers a cacophonous chain reaction of "scrowlls," "warffs" and "snoinks." Despite its skillful use of onomatopoeia, Mathews's ( An Egg and Seven Socks ) and Robinson's ( A Frog Inside My Head ) wordy text jerks unexpectedly in and out of verse, making the book's seemingly obvious read-aloud charms frustratingly elusive. Far more inspired are Natchev's ( The Hobyahs , reviewed above) perky, folkloric watercolors: bright colors and skewed angles capture the merry mayhem of the mud-splattered menagerie crowded into Nathaniel's bed. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-Nathaniel Willy and his Gramma live in an old house. When his bedroom door develops a squeak, it scares him silly. Gramma tries to help by providing him with company-the cat, dog, pig, and finally the cow-but the noisy door still frightens Nathaniel Willy. Eventually an old wise woman is called in, and she oils the hinges, thus solving the problem and allowing everyone to get a good night's sleep. The tale is partially rhymed and, for the most part, has a good cadence when read aloud. It's similar to Laura Simms's The Squeaky Door (Crown, 1991; o.p.). Natchev's large, cartoonlike illustrations are brightly colored and humorous. Children will especially enjoy the depictions of the elderly woman carrying the bigger animals and putting them in the boy's bed. Bound to become a story-time favorite.
Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (February 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0027652858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0027652857
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 0.2 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
My 3 year old son loves this story. He enjoys the repetitive story and is bemused by the grandmother who runs around trying to help her grandson get to sleep. This is not a scary story and in fact, helps me get my son to sleep. It is also very funny, especially when all of the animals are in the bed with Nathaniel and the bed breaks. It is a fairy tale which is why it is so fun. Enjoy the story with your child or grandchild.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is still a favorite of my 2 grandsons even tho they are older. I keep it at my house, so it's a book we read at "grandma's house". They enjoy the silliness and the world of farm animals delight them. Making the animal sounds is much fun for the reader and the listeners who often chime in! It is beautifully illustrated with bright colors. I got this book from the artist who illustrated & signed it. It's one of my book treasures and makes a wonderful gift for friends with small children.
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Format: Paperback
My son brought this book home from kindergarten for me to read. I love the way it's written and plan to buy it as a gift. Even on the first reading, the words really flow off the tongue and it's a blast to read out loud. The story itself is charming and quite silly. Why would a grandmother put a cow in a child's bed to help him sleep? This is a typical story format for young children, basically repetitive with new items added each time. The repetitive style is naturally good for children around age 3, while the illustrations,zany nature of the story and the acceleration of reading speed enchant older children. The text invites plenty of sound effects for those who get dramatic while reading out loud. This is one of those stories your child may want every night -have fun!
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This is a great book. It is easy to get into a grandma accent and is so fun to read to children. This is one of the best.
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