cover image The Spooky Eerie Night Noise

The Spooky Eerie Night Noise

Mona Rabun Reeves. Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, $13.95 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-02-775732-3

Jenny narrates a story of night fears and how they can get out of control. Soon after she is told to go to sleep, she hears an unusual noise in the backyard, and begins to imagine who or what may be lurking there. At first, her imaginings are modest: a space ship, a witch and an animal. Quickly, however, her leaps of imagination overtake all reason and she pictures a a plethora of crazy creatures with a variety of intentions. While Jenny frets, the creatures hoist a battering ram, preparing to invade the house. A subsequent investigation by Jenny's parents reveal a perfectly reasonable explanation. The unusual variety of language and well-paced use of rhyme add wonderful flavor to a simple and entertaining story line. Yalowitz's surreal pencil drawings are a treat; his use of controlled textures and values create unique perspectives and his nighttime landscape peppered with rare and unusual beings is truly inspired. Ages 4-7. (Aug.)