In a barely disguised remake of Is That You, Wolf? (2012), intrepid readers are invited to stick their hands into a series of pockets…and feel what lies within.
For this iteration, Cox changes the cast in his shadowy nighttime cartoons from farm animals to a group of children gathering for a campout, searching for protagonists from a piggy to young Sam—who likewise searches a yard and outbuildings to make sure no monster is present. On each alternate spread, a tarp, tent flap or other possible concealment is a pouch bearing the legend: “Slide your hand in if you dare… / Monster may be lurking so BEWARE!” What actually lurks out of view is a patch of fur, sticky goo or textured plastic just right for a momentary shock. Each discovery turns out to be bunnies, a toy or something else innocuous, though, which nicely sets up a large pop-up shocker on the final spread.
An interchangeable knockoff but still tailor-made to spark bursts of delighted nighttime screaming. (Novelty/picture book. 4-7)