cover image Knock, Knock!who's Ther

Knock, Knock!who's Ther

Sally Grindley. Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, $7.95 (29pp) ISBN 978-0-394-88400-4

A young child is snuggled in bed when there's a knock at the door. ""Who's there?'' she asks. A succession of scary creaturesa gorilla, witch, ghost, dragon and giantreply. But who is it really? ``Big cuddly daddy with a mug of hot chocolate and a story to tell.'' British illustrator Browne has become a favorite with his humorous, marvelously drawn tales of Willy the Chimp and Willy the Wimp. In this book he alternates views of the little girl and the closed door with the scary creatures who threaten to visit. The wallpaper changes with each creature: bananas for the gorilla, cats for the witch, flames for the dragon, etc. But each creature wears the same cozy plaid slipperslike Daddy. And readers, like the little girl, will know it was really Daddy all along. (3-7)