A warm-hearted and witty take on being scared of the dark
A warm-hearted and witty take on the classic theme of being scared of the dark
The illustrations are often dark and complex but they are entirely appropriate to the story
Cowell's narrative is both deeply rooted in the conventions of folk tale...and yet refreshingly contemporary and colloquial in tone. Such layers of richness are confidently matched by Layton's brilliantly anarchic illustrations...Emily Brown and Stanley are most appealing characters and, like Sendak's Max, more than a match for wild Things
This is a wonderful story about a small girl dealing with a very high maintenance monster called the Thing. It's funny, it's got twists and turns and shows us, among other things, that we can spend far too much time nurturing our fears rather than trying to conquer them
A simple story, imaginatively reflected in wildly wonderful artwork, that will delight both old and young readers
A fantastic tale.
Rascally bedtime fare