The Beast Beneath the Stairs

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As the librarian returns to his underground library, he discovers that someone has broken in and stolen his collection of deadly books. Unless he finds them, the entire world may be faced with a plague of endless evil.

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As the librarian returns to his underground library, he discovers that someone has broken in and stolen his collection of deadly books. Unless he finds them, the entire world may be faced with a plague of endless evil.

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Children's Literature - Susan Borges
This easy-to-read, scary story will be immensely enjoyed by reluctant readers who are too old to be genuinely frightened, and delighted to own a chapter book that they can actually read. The setting for this fantasy mystery is the Library of Doom, which is the world's largest collection of dangerous books. The Librarian, who has been traveling for a very long time, discovers that his deadly books have been stolen. Now the world is in terrible danger and the Librarian knows that he must find these missing volumes. The text on each page of this appealing mystery book is printed in a variety of sizes and fonts, the most important words are printed in bold type, and each paragraph contains only two or three sentences. The eerie black and gray illustrations on each page add greatly to the sense of horror and terror, while contributing to the reader's comprehension of the story. Some readers may not choose to read this scary story, but those who do will be delighted to have a chapter book about a subject of interest that they can read independently. This spooky tale will encourage reluctant readers to read and share their book with friends, optimizing their enjoyment of reading. Reviewer: Susan Borges
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598894189
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2007
  • Series: Library of Doom Series
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 550,102
  • Age range: 9 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Dahl is the prolific author of the bestselling Goodnight Baseball picture book and more than 200 other books for children and young adults. He has won the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award three times for his nonfiction, a Teacher's Choice award from Learning magazine, and a Seal of Excellence from the Creative Child Awards. And he has won awards for his board books for the earliest learners, Duck Goes Potty and Bear Says "Thank You!" Dahl has written and edited numerous graphic novels for younger readers, authored the Library of Doom adventure series, the Dragonblood books, Trollhunters, and the Hocus Pocus Hotel mystery/comedy series. Dahl has spoken at schools, libraries, and conferences across the US and the UK, including ALA, AASL, IRA, and Renaissance Learning. He currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota in a haunted house.

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  • Posted February 13, 2012

    Little Kid Scary- Perfect for the reluctant reader

    This story (and series) is a short story in almost graphic novel setting. 2-6 sentences per page, lots of art work and clever use of artwork within the text. Separated with chapters the story is easy to follow and took my 9 yo 5-10 minutes to finish but these are the FIRST books I have ever gotten an "oh good" response. There are no cute animals or talking pets. It is a watered down horror story that is just edgie enough to make it fun and "cool". I highly recommend these to anyone who struggles to get thier child into reading. It is a great stepping stone to a little longer chapter books.

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