Not Very Scary by Carol Brendler


Not Very Scary by Carol Brendler

Melly is a brave little monster who is not afraid of anything. She loves surprises, and when her fun-loving cousin invites her over for a big surprise, Melly excitedly sets out for a visit. On her way, she notices skittish skeletons, a coal-black cat, and even ghoulish goblins following her. But Melly is not scared, no she's not! Well, maybe just a teensy bit...


A clever hybrid of story and counting book, ending with the adorably drawn creepy-friendly crowd gathering for a Halloween bash. The New York Times Book Review Pizzoli crams the pages with comically ghoulish chaos, and his smiley creatures (Melly included) are more cute than bloodcurdling. Starred review/Publishers Weekley This cumulative Halloween tale is bursting at the seams with things that go bump in the night. The Horn Book This fast-paced read aloud will suit the many young listeners interested in just a dash of spookiness with their Halloween adventures. School Library Journal A terrific Halloween title to share with those readers who prefer giggles to shivers. Kirkus Reviews A fine, not-too-scary choice for reading aloud in the weeks before Halloween. Booklist

About the Author

Carol Brendler is the author of Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer, illustrated by Ard Hoyt. She lives in Arlington Heights, Illinois, with a very brave husband and three cats, one of which is a coal-black scaredy-cat. Greg Pizzoli is an author and illustrator from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is not very scared of cats, skeletons, or mummies, but spiders are a different story.

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40 pages


Carol Brendler
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Publication date

29th August 2014



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