- Age Range: 3 - 6 years
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (August 12, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0374355479
- ISBN-13: 978-0374355470
- Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.4 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,118,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Not Very Scary Hardcover – August 12, 2014
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Melly encounters some unexpected visitors when she walks to her cousin Malberta's Halloween party. As she wanders down the street, she first meets a black cat ("not the least bit scary"), then a duo of dancing skeletons, and her ever-so-slight creeps and chills grow. The list of spooky creatures builds and builds as Melly continues her evening stroll. Her dynamic expressions correspond with the goblins and ghouls around her. Melly responds, "Not especially scary!" when "seven frenzied fruit bats" appear on the scene, and her comments increase in urgency; she cries, "Not extraordinarily scary!" when she stumbles across "eight spindly spiders." Melly is a sight to behold with her sharp horns, green face, and striped stockings; she looks like she fits right in with the cast of only oh-so-eerie characters she meets along the way. When she arrives at the festivities, she realizes that her accompanying menagerie includes friendly partygoers instead of the spooky haunts she believed them to be. This fast-paced read aloud will suit the many young listeners interested in just a dash of spookiness with their Halloween adventures.—Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville, NC
“A clever hybrid of story and counting book, ending with the adorably drawn creepy-friendly crowd gathering for a Halloween bash.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“Pizzoli crams the pages with comically ghoulish chaos, and his smiley creatures (Melly included) are more cute than bloodcurdling.” ―Starred review/Publishers Weekley
“This cumulative Halloween tale is bursting at the seams with things that go bump in the night.” ―The Horn Book
“This fast-paced read aloud will suit the many young listeners interested in just a dash of spookiness with their Halloween adventures.” ―School Library Journal
“A terrific Halloween title to share with those readers who prefer giggles to shivers.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“A fine, not-too-scary choice for reading aloud in the weeks before Halloween.” ―Booklist
Top customer reviews
When a little ghoul head to her cousins house on Halloween night, she decides that nothing can scare her. But, the scary things keep adding up and soon she finds out how scared she really is.
#funny #counting #concept #PB #Halloween.
Carol Brendler, illustrated by Greg Pizzoli and published by Farrar, Straus Giroux.
This would also be a really fun gift.