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Not Very Scary

Carol Brendler, Greg Pizzoli (Illustrator)


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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 . . .

Praise For Not Very Scary

“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

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374355470, 40pp.

Publication Date: August 12, 2014

About the Author

CAROL BRENDLER holds a master’s degree in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Ottawa, Canada. She is the author of Winnie Finn, Worm Farmer and Not Very Scary.

Greg Pizzoli is an author and illustrator from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His credits include illustrating Not Very Scary.