THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO WAS NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING by Linda Williams

THE LITTLE OLD LADY WHO WAS NOT AFRAID OF ANYTHING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Several familiar Halloween themes are blended to create a satisfying entertainment which will be especially effective with groups. Walking through the woods, a little old lady is confronted by a pair of shoes, then pants, then a shirt, gloves and a hat, each solo and with its own sound effect. She brusquely banishes each in turn, until she is challenged by a huge jack-o'lantern whose ""Boo!"" sends her scurrying home. When the cumulative apparition follows her and knocks at her door, she recovers enough to announce, ""You can't scare me,"" which has a decidedly deflating effect. Taking pity, she comes up with a solution: the next day there is a scarecrow in her garden. Derivative in its element and with an ending that is a little too neat to resolve the satisfying scariness, this has some nice touches. The colors are bright, the pictures are nicely detailed, and the story moves well. Adults may weary of the endless ""Clomp, Clomp, Wiggle, Wiggle, Shake. Shake,"" but small children, especially in groups, will take it up enthusiastically. A potential Halloween perennial.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1986
ISBN: 0064431835
Publisher: Crowell