- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: 2 - 3
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: One Peace Books (May 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935548867
- ISBN-13: 978-1935548867
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,961,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Stumps of Flattop Hill is a lovely child-sized take on that staple of supernatural lit, the haunted house. The illustrations alone are a treat. This is a book my kids would have dragged out of the box time after time, the one held together by sellotape and a shared love of things that go bump in the night. If there's a small person in your life who likes delightfully creepy tales, give both of you a treat and buy them this.
- Vulpes Libris (Book Review)
"Lamug's book is so much more than just a scary rhythmic tale. His creative artwork, color, shading, and fonts set the mood for every page upon which language and pacing shape Florence's adventure inside the house on Flattop Hill into a scary treat. If your kids are in the mood for a scary story, or you need a story to tell them on Halloween, this is the book for you. " - Rick Rowe, Author of Game On, Black Skulls, Voices, and Whispers. rickrowe.com (Book Review)
"A fun read for seasoned readers; to be read out loud, an absolute must and with as much dramatic expression as you can muster... In the world of Children's literature, Kenneth Kit Lamug both illustrator and author, is more than good enough to hold his head high, and stand alongside the rest of the best. I will be on the lookout for more of his work in future." - Nicki Kirk (Book Reviewer)
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This book was written in the tradition of classic fairytales, where bad things can and often do happen. A brave little girl faces her fears to find the answer to a curious question - what ghastly creature lie inside the house on Flattop Hill?
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I have always enjoyed stories where humans get transformed into something or someone else. Trolls changed into stone in The Hobbit, an elf princess changed into a tree in The Elfstones of Shannara, a doctor changed into a terrible and formidable green beast-man in the Incredible Hulk. There is something supremely frightening and terrific about this concept. The above examples are not given to compare the triumph of a story under a review to them, but to show how using this idea of a person changing so drastically can be used with much success. This is the case here, where the kids exploring Flattop Hill dare Florence to enter it's harrowing palace of doom. Proving more courageous than her taunts, she does just that. Encountering beasts and spooks of unique variety along the way, she winds her way to the top of the house where the resulting encounter with an otherworldly entity transforms her in a wonderful? Or horrible? Way. That is the beauty I found within these pages, as they seem to leave it to the reader to decide whether Florence's final outcome was good or not. Was it a relief for her to be transformed or a prison sentence for daring to travel to the heights of the forbidden mansion? The picture illustration style found here recalls echoes of Poe's greatest daydreams and nightmares.
And that’s how I felt about The Stumps of Flattop Hill.
While it is short, it’s a masterpiece, and here’s why;
First, the art is wonderfully done, and second, Lamug doesn’t shy away from taking a character on an adventure that may not end well and I was happy with that. Life is life, and all too often our realities can prove that what we set out to do doesn’t always end well, and it’s an important message for everyone. We live in a culture where parents are afraid to talk about these topics because it’s a situation nobody wants to face or deal with, but it’s real, it’s life, and it’s unfortunate. Most children’s books in the U.S. shy away from darker themes and I’ve always wondered why. Sure, there are many beloved bright and lovely books for children that I absolutely adore, but there are some really dark ones that stood out more to me as a child. Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark, for instance, is one that got me reading, it lured me in with a fish hook. There were some darker themes to my childhood and that book spoke to me, I was able to connect to it just as much as I did to the brighter ones and that’s a good thing.
The Stumps of Flattop Hill may be a scary story, but it’s no different than what our children may face in their own lives, and it’s great if there are books out there that our children can relate to, whether it’s scary or not.
I applaud Lamug for not shying away from these very important themes and being very tasteful about it, in both art and words.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. ~Amy's Bookshelf Reviews