Backwoods humor is the basis for this retelling of a North Carolina tale about a boy who likes to play practical jokes until eventually one of them backfires. The ""fraids"" are described as ""anything that looked queer in the dark...and made you feel afraid."" Dave dressed up in a sheet to scare his younger brother, but doesn't realize that the pet monkey has also gotten tangled up in a sheet. When Dave sees the little white figure, he is terrified, and never plays any of his pranks again. The simple, slapstick comedy is good for a few hearty laughs. The author's illustrations are unattractive -- drawn in a curious orangey color, they look rusty rather than rustic. Second graders will be able to cope with the large print and easy vocabulary.