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The Stumps of Flattop Hill Hardcover – May 1, 2016
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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.
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"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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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.
* Solid artwork, reminds me of Charles Addams
* Classic haunted house theme
* Some of the rhymes are a bit imperfect and difficult to get out fluently
* Recorded with the permission of the author
-- sample provided for review
It is rumored that people may go into the house on Flattop Hill, but once inside they never return. Florence becomes drawn to the idea of acting on a dare. As she lies in bed she is taunted by the wind and she soon finds herself wandering the halls of this eerie house which has beckoned her.
The Stumps of Flattop Hill, written and illustrated by Kenneth Kit Lamug, is a deliciously macabre children's picture book which will capture the imaginations of young readers. Children will thrill at the story of Florence as, trance-like, she defies common sense by acting on a dare. Does she do it to prove she's not afraid; or is there another reason she embarks upon this frightful encounter? Regardless, we are reminded that there are consequences to one's actions. Hauntingly reminiscent of tales by the brothers Grimm, The Stumps of Flattop Hill will appeal to readers who enjoy a more unique spin on children's picture books.
Ken’s gift for creating challenging and scary stories for children is matched by his superb illustrations – images that illuminate his story. Told in fine rhyming verse the combination of story idea, use of technique in relating it and accompanying it with droll pictures make this little book one that will likely become a classic. He is cautious not to terrify children - but then what child doesn’t love ghost stories! A very fine book that makes us hope there will be many others to come. Grady Harp, February 16
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