Synopses & Reviews
Welcome. Have a seat. Let us tell you a story. But be warned. Home Sweet Horror
isnt just any tale. This is a Scary Tale
Meet Liam Finn, whos just moved into a new home with his father and sister. But this old house that seems empty, isnt . . . Bloody Mary is here. Called back from the dead by a game, shes just dying to talk.
"Preller (the Jigsaw Jones mysteries) serves up gasp-worthy scenes and chilling twists in this illustrated chapter book that launches the Scary Tales series. Suspense builds gradually: when eight-year-old Liam, his widowed father, and older sister, Kelly, arrive at their ominous-looking new home, he sees a flicker of light from an upstairs window; the next morning, he hears floorboards groaning, radiators hissing, and someone moaning. Preller raises the stakes as Liam, investigating a clanging noise in the basement, falls through a stair and feels 'a thin, skeletal grip' on his dangling leg; later, Kelly and a friend attempt to summon Bloody Mary a bit too successfully. Sound effects reproduced in large type amplify Liam's fear, and Bruno's heavily inked, etching-like pictures intensify the story's spookiness. In contrast to the scary bits, Preller also gives the story a tender emotional undercurrent: the family is still aching from the death of the siblings' mother, who may still be looking out for her family. Just enough chills to keep burgeoning readers flipping pages. I Scream, You Scream pubs simultaneously. Ages 7 10. Agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
author of Six Innings
, and the Jigsaw Jones series.
He lives in Delmar, New York, with his wife, three kids, two black cats, and a not-so-scary dog.
IACOPO BRUNO is a graphic artist and illustrator who lives in Italy.