Gr 2–5—This series stands out more for design than content; readers will be unable to forget the many creepy images featured within each title. A typewriter-style font and gloomy, high-contrast photos contribute to the spooky if not sensational tone. There are a few inconsistencies to be noted; for instance, French catacombs are included in Cemeteries, but Italian catacombs are discussed in Tombs. The author does not make the distinction that the term ghost town has more to do with deserted ruins than actual ghosts (young readers can be quite literal). The question "Does this creep you out?" is asked repeatedly throughout each volume, underscoring a disappointingly surface treatment of fascinating subjects. The included further reading and suggested websites will be necessary to satisfy curious paranormal enthusiasts. VERDICT An adequate starting point for kids new to the genre.