HAUNTS by Angels Shelf Medearis

HAUNTS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Medearis (Treemonisha, 1995, etc.) makes careful additions to five goosebump-raising tales, which are all either set in rural Texas or have a Southern flavor: A widow's moldering husband rises again for one ""Last Dance at the Dew Drop Inn""; with the help of a mysterious dog, Lilly rescues her brother Freeson from the weirdly compelling ""Fiddler Man""; an encounter with a headless horseman leaves two sisters ""Scared Silly""; and a drought-stricken small town gets more water than it bargains for from ""The Rainmaker."" In the final story a skeptical clergyman spends a terrifying night with a roomful of talking cats while ""Waiting for Mr. Chester"" to come down the chimney--piecemeal. Hyman departs from her exacting style to illustrate each tale with a sweeping, less-controlled black-and-white scene; shadows look muddy, but the pop-eyed faces and theatrical gestures are suitably dramatic. Warn all but intrepid readers not to start on this collection after sundown.

Pub Date: Dec. 15th, 1996
Page count: 37pp
Publisher: Holiday House