A Very Hairy Scary Story

A Very Hairy Scary Story

by Rick Walton, David H. Clark
     
 

Sarah's walk home is perfectly safe, but you know how creepy things can look when it's getting dark. Shadows take on lives of their own, any noise can make you jump, and a perfectly normal yard can seem pretty scary indeed.

Witty verse propels Sarah from fright to fright while with each page turn, kids can see the harmless everyday objects that inspire her fear

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Overview

Sarah's walk home is perfectly safe, but you know how creepy things can look when it's getting dark. Shadows take on lives of their own, any noise can make you jump, and a perfectly normal yard can seem pretty scary indeed.

Witty verse propels Sarah from fright to fright while with each page turn, kids can see the harmless everyday objects that inspire her fear. Kids won't ever look at grills or skateboards the same way again!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Sarah 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
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-It's early evening in a quiet suburban neighborhood. After staying at a friend's house an hour longer than she was supposed to, young Sarah decides to walk home quickly and sneak into bed so that Dad does not find out. On the way, she encounters a huge multi-eyed spider, an enormous flying bat, an odoriferous skunk, a ferocious bear, a chest-beating ape, and a roaring lion. Frightened, she runs into the arms of her father, who has come to look for her, and apologizes for staying out so late. The rhyming text keeps the action moving quickly. Done in pen and ink and watercolor, the exaggerated and humorous illustrations will send tingles down readers' spines. Sarah's large round eyes and stiff body postures reveal her nervousness. Children who look closely at the shadow-filled pictures will see that the "hairy scary" beasts are actually everyday objects transformed by an overactive imagination. A fun-filled look at nighttime fears.-Linda Staskus, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399238581
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/19/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.38(w) x 10.36(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Read an Excerpt

Sarah turned And ran in fright,
But then she spied An awful sight,
Right in her face,
Oh no, what's that?
A very hairy scary . . .
BAT!

Meet the Author

Rick Walton became a children's writer because, after trying almost every other career in the book, he finally realized that writing for kids was one of the few things that he both enjoyed and was good at. Since that realization he has had over forty books published, with many more scheduled for publication over the next couple of years. His works include picture books, riddle books, activity books, a collection of poetry, and educational and game software. His books have been featured on the IRA Children's Choice list, on Reading rainbow, and on CBS This Morning.

Rick lives in Provo, Utah, with his wife, Ann, the brains of the household, who also writes for kids, programs computers, masters Rick's website, and does all the home repair that Rick never learned how to do. It was Ann, who grew up in a computer family and who has eight siblings and a father in the computer industry, who dragged Rick kicking and screaming into the computer age. Now Rick doesn't understand how anyone can survive without word-processing programs, e-mail, and their own website.

They have four children, all of whom are learning to love reading, writing, and computers.

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