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Children's Nonfiction Curiosities & Wonders

Fear This Book

Your Guide to Fright, Horror, & Things That Go Bump in the Night

by (author) Jeff Szpirglas

illustrated by Ramón Pérez

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Sep 2006
Curiosities & Wonders, Folklore & Mythology
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2006
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 6


What do we fear? And why? What happens in our bodies and brains when we feel frightened? Readers will be on the edge of their seats as a barrage of fascinating information comes flying their way. Meticulous research and a wide-ranging look at the subject introduce readers to fear facts from around the world and through time. Hilarious but always enlightening dialogues between characters Bloodthirsty Vampire and Terrifying Monster appear throughout the book, engaging readers on everything from a fear of the number 13 (triskaidekaphobia) to zombies and papercuts. What’s Scarier? cartoon strips ponder the question about two parallel things and bonus features include a patch of 100% PURE DARK to help readers overcome their fear of the dark, a Fairy Tale Survival Guide, a horror film manual for the directors of tomorrow, and quizzes to test knowledge of phobia names. Brace yourself. Hold someone’s hand for comfort if you need to. When you’re ready, pick up the book, take your finger, and open up to the first page…IF YOU DARE! But don’t say you haven’t been warned.…

About the authors



JEFF SZPIRGLAS is the author of multiple books in the Countdown to Danger series. In addition to his choose-your-own-path titles, Jeff has written award-nominated non-fiction books and several terrifying novels and horror collections for middle-grade readers, including Tales from the Fringes of Fear and Tales from Beyond the Brain. With his wife, Danielle Saint-Onge, he is the co-author of the Orca Echoes books X Marks the Spot!, Something's Fishy and Messy Miranda. He's worked at CTV Television and was an editor at Chirp, chickaDEE and Owl magazines. He has twin children, two cats (the cats are not twins) and one dog. In his spare time, he teaches elementary school. He lives in Kitchener, Ontario. Visit him online at


Jeff Szpirglas' profile page

Ramón Pérez is a Canadian freelance cartoonist and writer working predominantly in comic books, children’s books, and magazines as a graphic storyteller. Recent career highlights include Captain America and the First Thirteen, Deadpool Team-Up #883, and the Eisner award-winning graphic novel Tale of Sand, which Ramón directly adapted from the original screenplay by Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl for Archaia Publishing. Ramón lives in Toronto.

Ramón Pérez's profile page


  • Short-listed, British Columbia Library Association, Red Cedar Book Award
  • Short-listed, Atlantic Library Association, Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award
  • Commended, Ontario Library Association, Silver Birch Award, Honor Book
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice Selection

Editorial Reviews

…fright-hungry kids will devour the mountain of terrifying horrors waiting to be discovered inside this book. Fans of Szpirglas' Gross Universe and They Did What?! will welcome this addition to this fun and fact-packed series.

Canadian Bookseller

Szpirglas is a veritable expert at goose bumps.

School Library Journal

There’s lots to learn and lots to laugh about in this rousing read.

The Telegram (St. John’s)

From ghosts to superstitions to mythological monsters, Szpirglas covers a wide range of scary topics but offers up a host of fascinating facts and fun info.

Today’s Parent

Witty and succinct…

Star Phoenix (Saskatoon)

A book filled with funny drawings and creepy facts — what more could a thrill-seeking kid want?

Chronicle Herald

[Szpirglas] is in tune with what fascinates kids and knows how to write in language that will grab them and keep their interest. Perez’s vibrant, cartoonish illustrations are perfect as well, with enough vampires, ghosts and Frankenstein images to make this a Halloween hit.

San Francisco Chronicle

Szpirglas and Perez did an excellent job! From the eye-catching cover to the easy-to-read format, Fear This Book will encourage readers of all ages to learn something new. With hundreds of interesting facts, this has to be my favourite non-fiction book ever. I definitely suggest this book to anyone and everyone.” Jordan gives Fear This Book 5 spine-tingling stars!

Sarah’s Stars

With fun trivia and comic-book style artwork that oscillates between funny and scary, [Fear This Book] provides plenty to pore over.

Publishers Weekly

Librarian Reviews

Fear This Book: Your Guide to Fright, Horror, & Things That Go Bump in the Night

Fear gets fun as readers delve into spinetingling facts about scary stuff – including superstitions, ghosts, monsters, spiders, nightmares, horror movies and more.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.

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