How to Scare the Pants Off Your Pets

How to Scare the Pants Off Your Pets

By Henry Winkler; Lin Oliver

Scholastic Press, Hardcover, 9780545298896, 172pp.

Publication Date: January 1, 2013


Billy and the Hoove are back in the hilarious new series from bestselling authors Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver!

When Billy Broccoli finds out his personal ghost, Hoover Porterhouse, is failing Responsibility, Billy decides it's his mission to help Hoover turn his grade around. But how?

Then inspiration hits. Billy is going to get Hoover a pet. There's only one catch--the Hoove scares dogs out of their fur, birds out of their wings, and fish out of their gills. If Billy can't find the perfect pet, how will Hoover ever learn make the grade?

About the Author
Winkle overcame his learning difficulties and attended the Yale School of Drama where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree.

Lin Oliver is the author of the Who Shrunk Daniel Funk series, and the co-author, with Henry Winkler, of the bestselling Hank Zipzer series. She is a writer and producer of movies, books, and television series for children and families. The co-founder and executive director of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and sons. Visit her at

Praise For How to Scare the Pants Off Your Pets


"This title is chock-full of nuggets that will have the boys cheeringWhat’s more, parents and educators will cheer when Billy stands up to Rod without resorting to bully tactics."
-- School Library Journal

"Readers will root for Billy to conquer his klutziness as well as the bully; his final feel-good triumph is satisfying."
-- Publishers Weekly

"The story will amuse young readers, reluctant readers, and high-interest, low reading ability older readers, particularly boys."
-- Library Media Connection