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Children's Fiction Halloween

Not Very Scary

by (author) Carol Brendler

illustrated by Greg Pizzoli

Farrar Straus & Giroux
Initial publish date
Aug 2014
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2014
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1


Melly is a brave little monster who is not afraid of anything. She loves surprises, and when her fun-loving cousin invites her over for a big surprise, Melly excitedly sets out for a visit. On her way, she notices skittish skeletons, a coal-black cat, and even ghoulish goblins following her. But Melly is not scared, no she's not! Well, maybe just a teensy bit . . .

About the authors

Carol Brendler's profile page

Greg Pizzoli is the author and illustrator of several books, including the Geisel Award-winning The Watermelon Seed, as well as Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower and Good Night Owl.  He lives in Philadelphia. Visit him online at

Greg Pizzoli's profile page

Editorial Reviews

“A clever hybrid of story and counting book, ending with the adorably drawn creepy-friendly crowd gathering for a Halloween bash.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Pizzoli crams the pages with comically ghoulish chaos, and his smiley creatures (Melly included) are more cute than bloodcurdling.” —Starred review/Publishers Weekley
“This cumulative Halloween tale is bursting at the seams with things that go bump in the night.” —The Horn Book
“This fast-paced read aloud will suit the many young listeners interested in just a dash of spookiness with their Halloween adventures.” —School Library Journal
“A terrific Halloween title to share with those readers who prefer giggles to shivers.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A fine, not-too-scary choice for reading aloud in the weeks before Halloween.” —Booklist

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