The Something

Natalie Babbitt

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Mylo...is afraid of an indefinable Something coming in through his window at night. Given some modeling clay by his concerned mother, he finally succeeds in making a statue of the Something...The clever, ironic story interprets common childhood fears of the dark in a way that should prove highly amusing to many small children."--Starred/Booklist

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The Something
The truth is that Mylo was very much afraid of the dark.When his mother asked him why, he had a hard time answering. Finally he said, "I keep thinking something will come in through the window.""What kind of a something?" asked Mylo's mother. "Robbers, I suppose? Or ghosts? There's no such thing as ghosts, you know, and even if we had some robbers they wouldn't be interested in you." And Mylo's mother, who liked to explain things, went on to tell about the habits and customs of robbers."I'm not worried about robbers," said Mylo, though he did hate to disappoint her.

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"Majestic mite of a story."
--Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

"An amusing story about the nighttime fears of children."
--Publishers Weekly


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Natalie Babbitt

A gifted artist and writer, Natalie Babbitt’s novels are inspired by a brilliance and imagination that is completely original. She began her career in 1966 with the publication of a picture book, The Forty-Ninth Magician, a collaboration with her husband, Samuel Fisher Babbitt. Her first novel, The Search for Delicious, established her gift for writing magical tales with a more profound meaning embedded within them.  Kneeknock Rise earned her a Newbery Honor Medal, but it is Tuck Everlasting which has insured Babbitt’s place in the history of children’s literature. 

Babbitt has written six more novels including The Eyes of the Amaryllis and Goody Hall—each one presenting her unique vision of an enchanted world. Her latest novel, Jack Plank Tells Tales, was published in Spring 2007.

Natalie Babbitt lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and is a grandmother of three. When asked what she wants readers to remember about her books, she replied, “the questions without answers.”

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The Something
Natalie Babbitt

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
April 2011
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ISBN: 9781429955188
ISBN10: 142995518X
40 pages
Age Range: 5 to 8
Grade Range: k to 3
$7.99
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