The Boo Crew is not afraid of anything. Consisting of Pablo and Uniqua, characters from the Nick Jr TV series "The Backyardigans," the Boo Crew's job is to catch spooky creatures. Pablo, a blue duck, and Uniqua, a pink spotted cow, proclaim that they are not afraid of ghosts, or vampires, or goblins. Today's mission is to catch the scariest creature of all—the boogeyman. The Boo Crew drives the Boo Crew Van to the haunted theater to find the boogeyman. With the help of their "cool gadgets" Pablo and Uniqua search the theater. But they find nothing scary, until they hear the boogeyman—but he is laughing! He wants to be found. Uniqua and Pablo realize the boogeyman wants to play with them. They apologize for wanting to catch him and the three share a snack. This Boo Crew tale is a "Ready-to-Read" Level One reader. Beginning readers, especially those who are fans of the show, will enjoy this simple, not-scary Halloween adventure. Reviewer: Emily Griffin
Kara McMahon is the author of dozens of books for children. She lives in New York City with her husband, Bryan, and their cats, Angela and Friday, both of which were adopted from shelters. Supporting animal shelters is a cause she holds close to her heart, and she hopes that after reading about Friday, more people will make shelters their first stop when looking for a pet.