The Too-Scary Story (Hardcover)

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Grace wants Papa to tell her a scary bedtime story... but her little brother Walter doesn't want it to be TOO scary! So as Papa invents the story of two children out for a walk in the woods, Grace and Walter take turns correcting him. But when darkness falls, a shadow looms, and footsteps follow the children all the way home, will the siblings triumph over the too-scary story?

About the Author

Bethanie Deeney Murguia is the author and illustrator of Princess! Fairy! Ballerina! and the Zoe series, beginning with Zoe Gets Ready, among many other beautiful picture books. She lives with her family in Sausalito, California. Please visit her website at or find her on Twitter at @aquapup.

Praise For…

Praise for Princess! Fairy! Ballerina!:

"A surefire hit that should magically fly off the library shelves and emerge a royal success." -- School Library Journal

"Murguia uses a light touch to explore the frustrations that can result when compromises are nowhere to be found, telling the story through the girls' increasingly combative dialogue and airy pencil-and-watercolor artwork that draws out the magical possibilities in each of their pretend-play interests, while also highlighting their growing anger." -- Publishers Weekly

"The story's structure and well-chosen words create a good framework for the appealing artwork… this picture book will quickly find its audience." -- Booklist

Praise for Zoe Gets Ready:

"The cartoon simplicity matches the light text and gentle humor, and sparkles on the cover accent the many outfits with great pizzazz. Add this one to the growing list of fun stories for young ladies with style." -- School Library Journal

"With layers of meaning, a spunky, fun-loving heroine, and clever use of the butterfly motif throughout, this one is a keeper." -- Booklist

"Hard to resist." -- Publishers Weekly

Praise for Zoe's Room (No Sisters Allowed):

"Zoe's abundant curiosity shines from the top of her crown to the bottom of her stretched tippy-toes." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Soft-hued pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations... charmingly depict the age old dilemma of learning to compromise." -- School Library Journal

Praise for Zoe's Jungle:

"This endearing picture book is a lively addition to the Zoe series." -- Booklist

"Charming pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations reveal to readers both the lush green jungle teeming with wild animals and bright flowers, as well as the impressive playground just ripe for imagining. Children will enjoy." -- School Library Journal
Product Details
ISBN: 9780545732420
ISBN-10: 0545732425
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Publication Date: June 27th, 2017
Pages: 40
Language: English