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Children's LiteratureSusan Pearson's "grimericks" scan like limericks but are wholly ghouly. Indeed, they could be called Adams' Family Gothic. If your youngsters have a taste for teeth-brushing bathroom ghosts, lazy skeletons, chess-playing ghouls, and wail-teaching banshees, this could be your cup of bane. Pearson's ditties trip lightly off the tongue, but one does miss such classic opening lines as, "There was a young mummy of Cairo . . . " Gris Grimly does the foolishness justice with his ink and watercolor sketches a la Edward Scissorhands, with a nod in spirit to Edward Gorey. Grimly's barren trees, haunted houses, and scraggly, wide-eyed cats are especially evocative. While this is not your usual toddler bedtime fare, there is a certain deliciously macabre tongue-in-cheek humor about the endeavor. 2005, Marshall Cavendish Children, Ages 4 to 8.