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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