cover image Bizzy Bear: Spooky House

Bizzy Bear: Spooky House

Benji Davies. Nosy Crow, $6.99 (8p) ISBN 978-0-7636-9327-5

Tabs, sliders, and a rotating wheel activate surprises as Bizzy Bear explores a benevolently haunted house in this playful addition to Davies’s long-running series. Writing in rhymes with a “Pat-a-cake” cadence (“Bizzy Bear, Bizzy Bear, creaky stair./ Bizzy Bear, Bizzy Bear, what’s that there?”), Davies sends Bizzy Bear through cobwebbed rooms up to a party in the attic, accompanied by his host, a dog dressed as a vampire (but where is his reflection in the hallway mirror?). The interactive elements set up several fun peekaboo moments—with an emphasis on the boo—as a mummy elephant peeks from behind a door that slides open and a frog-as-ghost leaps out from behind a chair. Up to age 3. Agency: Bright Literary. (July)