Not Very Scary by Carol Brendler and Greg Pizzoli

In Not Very Scary Melly the monster is walking to her cousin’s house on “the scariest night of all” for a mysterious surprise, when she realises that some pretty un-scary creatures — or at least that’s what she tries to tell herself — seem to be trailing behind her…

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The cumulative way in which Melly encounters the usual Halloween suspects — a coal-black cat, two skittery skeletons, three wheezy witches, etc. — adds suspense as more and more of them appear around her, and makes for a fun and alliterative counting activity on the side.

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Of course, as the title promises, the cartoony illustrations are more kooky than spooky, and the surprising ending proves that supposedly creepy creatures can be friendly too — i.e. not very scary at all!

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