Mr. Underneath


Happy October, dear readers!  I cannot begin to tell you how much I love this month.  Crisp leaves, apple cider, pumpkin EVERYTHING, sweater weather, and of course, creepy books!  And I have one of those to share with you today!

Yesterday, I showed you a delightful picture book by artist Randy Briley.  Mr. Briley is as gifted a storyteller as he is an artist, and now I have a spooky "big kid book" (um, middle reader novel) by Mr. Briley that is absolutely perfect for a chilly October night.  Mr. Underneath [Raven Mad Studios, 2013] is one of those books that is hard to put down once you start.  You want to know just where it's going next.  A 12-year-old boy moves with his parents to a rickety old farm.  There may be a monster in the garage.  There is definitely a sinister-looking man visiting his father.  There is a squirrel that knows how to spell.  Things are not normal here.


Before long, young Jackson McCabe finds himself on a quest to save his family, aided by a shapeshifting girl, the squirrel, and a benevolent robot.  While the book reminded me of other books I've read, it was definitely original.


Am I the only grown-up who thinks a really creepy or scary kids' book is usually a lot creepier or scarier than most adult books?  


And look:  my buddies Robyn and Whitney at Pen Pals & Picture Books loved Mr. Underneath, too!

As with Big Pigs and Sock Dances, an e-book copy was generously provided to me, but I chose to buy a paperback copy for myself.  (Big Sis has been reading the e-book, though!)  All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

You can buy Mr. Underneath at CreateSpace, or in either Kindle e-book or paperback format at Amazon. And be sure and check out Raven Mad Studios' website and Facebook page!

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  1. Awesome!!!!!!!!! I can't wait to read this one! Love the cover art, SO cool. Happy Octobery to you!

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    1. It's very cool! Thanks for putting Kristin in touch with us. :) Happy October to you, too!!!

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  2. Oh! I agree, creepy/sinister kids lit can be very very scary- and in the way I enjoy being frightened. I picked up a scary book for adults at the library the other day- read the cover and immediately put it back down. It was about real life murder and abduction of children. nope, I was not in the mood. give me the supernatural... I get enough of the real stuff on the news. :)

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    1. Oh, yes. I love supernatural scary stuff, but I HATE slasher or crime books/movies. The news is the real scary stuff, and I'm actually a worry-wart. That's why I love the fantasy scares, I think.

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  3. Definitely on my wish list! Love the cover! I totally agree about fantasy scares- I enjoy a good creepy kids' book a lot more than scary adult books (which I never choose to read). In fact, big kid books are my favorite of all books- I think my mental age must be around 12 and will stay that way forever. :O)

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    1. I definitely have some favorite adult books, but my all-time favorite book is A Wrinkle In Time, which I first read when I was 10. ;)

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