The Scary Places Map Book: Seven Terrifying Tours

The Scary Places Map Book: Seven Terrifying Tours

by B.G. Hennessy, Erwin Madrid
     
 

Grab a flashlight for an after-dark exploration of seven very scary places. Giggles and goose bumps are in store!

Take a tour of seven spooky places, among them the Wicked Woods, a Ghostly Galleon, and the Western Terror-tories. Along the way, avoid booby traps, search for hidden objects, and learn basic map reading skills! A map key, items to look for,

Overview

Grab a flashlight for an after-dark exploration of seven very scary places. Giggles and goose bumps are in store!

Take a tour of seven spooky places, among them the Wicked Woods, a Ghostly Galleon, and the Western Terror-tories. Along the way, avoid booby traps, search for hidden objects, and learn basic map reading skills! A map key, items to look for, and points of interest, such as Dracula’s Castle and Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory, are included for each eerie region. Tips for touring (never take the Transylvania tour during a full moon) add to the fun. Kids who love to mix the ghoulish with the humorous will pore over the atmospheric pictures time and again, transported to strange, mysterious, very scary places.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kristen Kelley
This book appears to be an exciting, scary adventure book. It is not. Although it is invitingly illustrated with seven colorful maps and pictures of witches, ghosts and vampires, the tours are not "spine-tingling" nor "terrifying." They are boring and do not appear to have a point. You are instructed to find different places on maps (coordinates are provided) with spooky names. That is it. There is no climax to the tours. The only fun part is spotting the hidden items on the map—think Where's Waldo. There is a different hidden item to look for on each map, and at the end of the book, there is an additional list of hidden items for the various maps. Although I judged this book by its cover and had high hopes for it, it did not live up to my expectations. It teaches kids basic map reading skills like following compass directions, but it is not likely to hold their attention for long. Reviewer: Kristen Kelley
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—A follow-up to The Once Upon a Time Map Book (Candlewick, 2004), Hennessy's activity book forgoes narrative for a lackluster collection of "terrifying tours" of mythical, historical, and folk-tale-based lands full of ostensibly frightening objects and creatures. A brief introduction to such sites as "A Trip Through Translvania" or "The Ghostly Galleon Cruise of the Seven Seas" precedes each digitally created map, with allusions to the literary references that inform each landscape-calling out, but not explaining, common items associated with each mythology. A lengthy list of directions instructs readers to follow the path through the terrain, but map coordinates and site labels marking each destination clutter the page and render careful measurement on the map pointless; additionally, following the meandering paths dictated in the tepid text fails to yield any particularly rewarding destination for readers. While some students may benefit from practice using a map, a backward compass rose on one sole spread and a misleading introduction on another page will frustrate users who may be just mastering these skills. The narrative-less introductions and uninspired digital illustrations provide glimpses at the intriguing backstories for each theoretically creepy landscape, but ultimately the book offers scant thrills and absolutely no scares.—Robbin E. Friedman, Chappaqua Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
In the same vein as the author's Once Upon a Time Map Book (1999 with foldouts; flat edition 2004), more map-reading practice in the guise of an ocean voyage and six tours of spooky landscapes or locales. Hennessy starts by inviting armchair travelers to step aboard the Ghostly Galleon in a Mediterranean "Haunted Harbor" and later to join such tour guides as Gruesome Gus for a trip around the "Western Terror-tories," and Hercules as he revisits the sites of selected labors in the "Land of Mythical Monsters." For each expedition, the author lays out an itinerary with map coordinates in stages measured by "mermaid leagues," "zombie miles" or like appropriate units. Readers can trace each route on uncluttered painted aerial or cutaway views that fill about two thirds of their spreads. These come with number/letter grids (in a lightweight typeface that makes it hard to distinguish a "1" from an "I"), compass roses, keys and large (superfluous) labels on major features--as well as various mermaids and monsters, plus tiny black cats or other not-exactly-concealed items to spot. Madrid's digitally produced illustrations include full-page "close ups" that, for some reason, differ in detail from their corresponding iterations on the maps. Not particularly challenging--nor, since the settings are conventional enough that even younger children will probably find them familiar, particularly scary either. (Picture book. 7-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763645410
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
07/10/2012
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
900L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

B. G. Hennessy is the author of The Once Upon a Time Map Book, illustrated by Peter Joyce, and several other picture books, including My Book of Thanks and Because of You: A Book of Kindness, both illustrated by Hiroe Nakata. B. G. Hennessy lives in Arizona.

Erwin Madrid contributed production illustrations for the animated feature film Shrek 2 while still in college. He went on to work as a visual development artist for the Shrek franchise and the Madagascar sequel, and has also created conceptual art for video games. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

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