Scared Stiff

Scared Stiff

by Katie Davis
     
 

The feisty little girl from I Hate to Go to Bed! is back—and scared stiff! And who wouldn't be? Snakes in her closet . . . monsters in the bushes . . . and you don't even want to know what else! What’s a kid to do?
Well, this girl has a plan—one that will make kids and parents alike burst out in laughter as she faces her fears and

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Overview

The feisty little girl from I Hate to Go to Bed! is back—and scared stiff! And who wouldn't be? Snakes in her closet . . . monsters in the bushes . . . and you don't even want to know what else! What’s a kid to do?
Well, this girl has a plan—one that will make kids and parents alike burst out in laughter as she faces her fears and discovers they’re not as bad as she thought.
Scared Stiff is Katie Davis doing what she does best—taking an experience familiar to children and giving it an irresistible twist.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The silly premise of this entertaining book follows a list of three animals that hop, fly, swim or crawl with one that obviously does not, enabling kids to participate by catching the "mistake." For example, the response to "Who slithers?" includes "Salamanders slither./ Snakes slither./ Snails slither./ Elephants slither." The next page sets the record straight--"NO THEY DON'T! Elephants have hairy babies and wiggly trunks, but they don't slither"--and the elephant is rolling on the ground in laughter, saying "Me? Slither? C'mon! You're cracking me up." Debut author-artist Davis juxtaposes pages with two words of text against those pages bearing lengthier, lighthearted explanations of why certain animals are misfits in a given grouping. The illustrations feature oversize, heavily outlined and extremely simplified shapes (the spider and crab are almost identical), in loud solid colors including goldenrod, hot pink, red, kelly green and purple. For kids, the book's main pleasure is likely to be shouting out "NO THEY DON'T!" before the adult reading aloud to them can turn the page. Ages 2-6. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Melissa A. Caudill
The vivid and striking color combinations in this book are sure to capture attention along with the simple, yet adorable drawings of animals. Who Hops is a funny game of guessing which animals hop, slither, fly, swim or crawl. Of course, not all animals can do each described activity and Davis humorously provides images of a cow hopping or a giraffe crawling. It is an entertaining book that will keep young kids coming back to it again and again because it is just pure fun.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Davis hits a perfect combination of rhythmic text and large, brightly colored illustrations that will capture children's imaginations. A fearful little girl decides to turn into a witch because "witches aren't afraid of anything." The vivid art filled with green, hairy monsters and other nasty-looking creatures shows how the scary and unknown items are actually everyday objects; snakes are really shoelaces, and "I've been scared stiff of a shrub?!" Children will enjoy the varying perspectives of the young protagonist as she faces monsters and electric-blue, girl-eating dogs. Davis's unique text allows the youngster to conquer her fears in an enjoyable and empowering manner. Perfect for independent reading or group sharing.- Sarah O'Neal, Salt Lake County Library System, UT Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Davis's (Who Hoots?, not reviewed, etc.) story has a bad case of the fidgets, which won't go far in curing any youngster's willies, but if nothing else, maybe the ants it drops in the pants of its readers will take their mind off their groundless fears. A little girl is scared stiff of the neighborhood dog ("There's Ono. That's not his real name. I call him that because every time I see him I say, �Oh, no!' "), and the creepy monsters in the hedge, and the snakes slithering out from under the door of her closet. Stopgap measures are all she has devised to handle these fears-bolting from the dog, singing a silly song for the monsters, never opening the closet door-until she decides to become a witch, "because witches aren't afraid of anything." She cackles, but that's not enough; she holds her breath until she turns blue (then she remembers witches are green); she puts on long fingernails, but they fall off. She says the magic word-"Please"-and she feels different (though why is a mystery). She confronts the closet: " �Oh, yeah!' I remembered. �I'm a fearless witch!' " The snakes turn out to be shoelaces; the monsters turn out to be bushes; the dog is a big cuddlehead. Presto, fears-aren't-us. Believe that and there's a bridge you might want to buy. Zany perspectives, asides in balloons, images bleeding out of their frames, colors electric enough to make your teeth sing-but a story line with enough holes in it to drain spaghetti. (Picture book. 2-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152023058
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/01/1901
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
10.22(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile:
170L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

KATIE DAVIS has written and illustrated seven books, including Who Hops?, a National Parenting Honor book, a Children's Book-of-the-Month Club selection, and an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award winner. She lives in New York. Please visit her at www.katiedavis.com.

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