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Children's LiteratureSarah has stayed at her friend Ann's house longer than she should have. Rather than call her dad and let him know that she is late, she decides to run home alone and sneak into bed before he finds out. She knows the way, and Sarah thinks she will be okay, but her familiar neighborhood looks a lot different in the dark. There are large, creepy spiders and big, scary bats in unexpected places. There are smelly skunks and fierce bears! Sarah's imagination is running wild and so is she: every turn presents a new, more terrible creature. Will Sarah make it home? Or will the hairiest, scariest creature get her at last? David Clark's colorful, zany illustrations are the perfect match for Rick Walton's humorous, intense verse. Children and parents alike are sure to identify with the struggle between Sarah's sense of independence and her desire for security in this delightfully exaggerated, frantically-paced book. 2004, G.P. Putnam's Sons, Ages 4 to 8.
—Heidi Hauser Green