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Posted June 25, 2010
Beware of this book
I have an almost 9 year old son, now in 3rd grade, who has been reading since he was 2 years old. He has developed into a very sophisticated reader, reading well past the 6th grade level, and is described by his teacher as a "ravenous reader". He has read some of the Harry Potter series, among others, and has also watched movies such as Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and The Wizard of OZ, with no problem and has been entertained by them. He even has watched much of the Lord of the Rings series with no problems. He is also an avid writer of his own stories, hence, he has a very vivid imagination. He picked up this book in the classroom the other day and read it by himself from cover to cover. Needless to say, it has very strongly affected him, he has been terrified for the past 3 days and will not sleep by himself any longer (he is an extremely sound sleeper, too). He cannot get the images out of his mind and he cannot even talk about this book as it scares him so much. From the reviews on B and N, namely Publisher's Weekly, this book truly does "continue to haunt children long after the cover is closed". For a little boy with a vivid imagination, the illustrations and content are over the top and beyond. Maybe preschoolers' imaginations aren't as developed at their age so they do not "see" it the same way. But for an 8-9 year old who's been around a little longer, they might look into it a bit more and relate to the story and pictures in a horrifying way. I certainly would not expect a school to have a book meant to haunt kids, but unfortunately this one actually can. Beware......
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