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.