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When I used to ask my dad to tell me a story he'd say, "Once upon a time, the end." and then enjoy listening to us shriek at him to "tell it right." Papa in this story does a much more thorough job, though with a similar amount of editorializing from Walter and Grace. Grace wants a scary story, Walter not so much. Papa does a great job of introducing a scary element, which the illustrations echo with dark ominous colors, and then bringing back from scary into comforting--pleasing Walter and annoying Grace. This will be a delight to read in storytime--it reminds me of the fun of reading, "Snip Snap What's That" by Bergman, which hovers juuuust on the edge of too-scary. For readers with a dramatic flair this is an excellent choice for storytime.
Themes/topics: night, scary, being scared, storytelling, bedtime, stories, owls
Sample text from two-and-a-half spreads:
Beyond the fireflies, deep in the bushes, crept all kinds of.../
"I can hear them all breathing." whispers Grace.
"Too scary!" says Walter /
Don't worry. Those creatures were just settling into bed for the night.
"Sleep tight." Walter whispers.