In the dark, dark wood, / There was a dark, dark house, / HOO-HOO-HOO! HAA-HAA-HAA!” This lively retelling of the traditional Halloween rhyme is packed with surprises. Fifteen lift-up flaps, three to a page, reveal scary creatures peeping through windows and out of cupboards. Young readers are sure to jump when the story reaches a climax on the last spread, as a great white ghost pops up! Author/illustrator Jessica Souhami is a former puppeteer, and brings that talent for whimsy to this engaging interactive book ideal for Halloween or anytime reading.
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Jessica Souhami studied at the Central School of Art and Design. In 1980 she formed Mme Souhami and Co, a travelling puppet company using colourful shadow puppets with a musical accompaniment and a storyteller. Her illustrations, like her puppets, use brilliant colour and bold shapes and her characters leap and swoop across the spreads. Her books for Frances Lincoln are Sausages!, In the Dark, Dark Wood, Baba Yaga and the Stolen Baby, Leopard's Drum, No Dinner!, Rama and the Demon King, The Famous Adventures of a Bird Brained Hen, The Little, Little House, Mrs McCool and the Giant Cuchulainn and King Pom and the Fox. Jessica lives in North London.Review:
This story will enthral and capture the attention of all children. Nursery Education In this touchy feely version of a classic scarey story, children must lift the flaps to search the dark, dark house inm the dark, dark wood. Under each flap there's a surprise but nothing like the BIG one that pops up right when the story ends. Against a mostly black background, the bold colours of the flaps are irresistable - you just have to peep! Book Ahead 0-7 This book is a lively retelling of the traditional rhyme, with strongly patterned structures and flaps to lift which guarantee that the children in your setting will love hearing this book time and time again. Nursery World
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