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Not Very Scary

Not Very Scary

Carol Brendler, illustrated by Greg Pizzoli

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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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

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Carol Brendler, illustrated by Greg Pizzoli

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.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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