The Scariest Thing of All

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From the beloved author/illustrator of No Matter What comes another reassuring story for the youngest of readers. Pip the rabbit is afraid of lots of things—until he gets lost in the woods, right in front of the Scariest Thing of All! But when Pip confronts his fears, he finds courage in the most unlikely of places: inside himself. Debi Gliori’s beautiful illustrations and fanciful imagination bring this comforting story to life.

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Overview

From the beloved author/illustrator of No Matter What comes another reassuring story for the youngest of readers. Pip the rabbit is afraid of lots of things—until he gets lost in the woods, right in front of the Scariest Thing of All! But when Pip confronts his fears, he finds courage in the most unlikely of places: inside himself. Debi Gliori’s beautiful illustrations and fanciful imagination bring this comforting story to life.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Timid and “very, very little,” Pip the rabbit keeps a running list of everything he’s afraid of—and he can barely keep up. As raindrops fall, he imagines “a gobbler blowing bubbles at the bottom of the lily pond.” Tree stumps? “Pip was 99.9 percent positive that they were the teeth of the giant wood troll.” So when Pip hears a recurring “Raaarrr” sound, he flees into the woods. But as the noise persists, Pip discovers it’s actually coming from his own hungry belly (“I’m the Scary Thing”). The revelation gives Pip newfound courage—and a twist shows that Pip’s fears aren’t entirely in his head. Gliori (Stormy Weather) fashions a sweet-tempered tale sure to hearten readers facing their own fears and difficulties. Her ink-and-watercolor compositions capture the emotion of the action via their scale (in the woods, pink-eared Pip is surrounded by large shadowy trees in midnight blue). The turnabout ending, which plays into the story’s gentle sense of humor, and background scenes of Pip’s family enjoying everyday activities in their cozy burrow are additional comforting touches. Ages 3–6. (June)
Children's Literature - Pamela Barr Lichty
The tiniest bunny in a large, busy burrow, Pip is afraid of a near-endless list of things. When he hides in the warm, green grass, he is lulled into a nap that lasts until the smell of cooking wafts across the field. Raaaarrrr! Raaarrrr! The terrifying noise causes the little guy to turn and run into a forest full of creatures and shadows to add to his list of scary things, and the noise stays right with him. He stumbles into a twisty dark shape that does not budge when the terrible noise rumbles again. Standing still before the shape, Pip finally has time to realize that the noise is only his tummy, rumbling for dinner. In a slightly forced conversion, Pip decides that he must be "The Scariest Thing of All" and, if he is not afraid of himself, then nothing else should scare him either. Scampering back through the woods, he confronts one former fear after another, leaving the wigglers and gobblers and trolls of the forest frightened and shaking in his wake. The text will make for a fun parent/child read-aloud and Gliori's watercolor and ink creations will provide delightful discoveries as the little ones explore the book on their own.
Kirkus Reviews
Pip has many phobias, but when he faces one he overcomes all in this acceptable tale about surmounting one's fears. A very little rabbit, Pip has a long list of fears. Even the most ordinary of things--rainfall, bubbles, tree stumps--debilitate the fretful bunny. Trying to escape his terrors, he falls asleep in the garden and awakes at suppertime, only to hear a frightful "Raar." The dreadful noise follows him into the forest, until he's thoroughly spooked. But when Pip realizes his stomach is making the "Rarrr" and that he is the scariest of things, he's empowered. Former fears are dismissed as the rabbit hops home for dinner, and in a twist of events, the creepy creatures of Pip's world (which are real and not imagined), now tremble at the thought of him. While the author works hard to hit all the right points, the text's humor is labored, and Pip's complete change of heart feels contrived. The watercolor-and-pen illustrations are cleanly done in a pastel palette. Much like the text, it is methodically applied, but not masterfully executed. Adequate, but this book is but one on a crowded overcoming-fears shelf. (Picture book. 3-6)
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Pip lives in a charming, snug burrow with his busy family members. But the young rabbit is fearful of many things, and "being scared all the time was very hard work." Awakened from a nap in the family garden one day by a strange "Raar" sound, he flees in terror only to find himself alone in a dark, scary forest, the "Raar" sound still echoing. When Pip realizes that it is really only his tummy growling, he stands tall with a new inner confidence that bravely propels him home past the giant wood troll, a leggy wiggler, and a pond gobble—just in time for dinner. The detailed watercolor and ink illustrations appeal in their depiction of a cozy animal world with the right touch of spookiness for very young children. While the story line is slight, the expressive language succeeds in creating enough tension for a fun read-aloud that will hold children captive.—Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802723918
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,018,714
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

DEBI GLIORI is the author and illustrator of numerous books for children, including the picture books Stormy Weather, The Trouble with Dragons, and No Matter What. Debi lives and works in a garden studio in Scotland.

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