What There Is Before There Is Anything There: A Scary Story

What There Is Before There Is Anything There: A Scary Story


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What There Is Before There Is Anything There: A Scary Story by Liniers

Every night when his parents turn off the light, strange creatures descend from the black space where the ceiling used to be . . . First comes one, then another, and then more and more. They stand all around him, staring, not saying a word. And then, worst of all, comes the dark, shapeless one that tells him, “I am what’s there before there is anything there . . .” Liniers’ art, reminiscent of Hergé and other great comic book artists, feelingly portrays the little boy’s growing terror and his frantic dash for his parents’ bedroom. Combined with hand-lettering, it creates the feeling of a graphic novel for very young readers. Destined to become a classic about nighttime fears (like Paul Galdone’s The Teeny-Tiny Woman), this story resonates with young children afraid of the dark. They're reassured to see that, although the little boy’s fears don’t go away, he does find a way to cope with them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781554983858
Publisher: Groundwood Books
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 24
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Liniers is a cartoonist from Argentina who was born in Buenos Aires in 1973. His work has appeared internationally in newspapers, books, and magazines, including Rolling Stone and Spirou. He has created a daily comic strip for the Argentine newspaper La Nación for more than ten years. His U.S. children’s book debut, The Big Wet Balloon, was recently published in English and Spanish editions, was named a Parents Best Book of the Year, and received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and The Horn Book Review. Liniers enjoys travel and often accompanies his musician-friend Kevin Johansen on tour. He lives with his family in Buenos Aires. Elisa Amado lives in Toronto.

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What There Is Before There Is Anything There: A Scary Story 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Every single night a little boy says good night to his parents and then sees the same little monsters. And every night they say the same thing and then the ceiling disappears and a very scary voice begins talking to him. So every single night this little boy runs to get in bed with his parents. And each night they let him sleep with them one more time. The illustrations are cartoon style and slightly dark. The story and illustrations complement each other. The flow of the words is lyrical and children will love the cadence. The point of the story appears to be helping children get over their fears and nightmares. My eight year son loved the story and it sparked his imagination. It scared my five year old daughter and gave her nightmares. The book could easily become a favorite with many families, but parents should consider previewing the book before reading it to their children. I received this book free of charge from Children's Lit in exchange for my honest review.