"Today the greatest challenge in publishing is distribution and discoverability. As a result, sites like [PictureBooksReview] are more important than ever to discerning readers, new authors and independent publishers."
-Steve Floyd, chief executive officer of August House books

"The interview is so amazing! I appreciate you picking up on all these aspects of what I've been doing. It's always great to talk with someone who understands what goes into these things."

- Jose Lucio, self-published author of Heave Ho!


Scariest Book Ever Contest: Win a Free Book!

Well, this is a first. I have been afforded the opportunity from a publisher to host a contest on my blog, the winner of which will be sent a free book! The book is The Crown on Your Head by Nancy Tillman. She writes very nice books which are designed to make children feel loved and safe.
I thought for a long time about what kind of contest I could have. Many inappropriate things came to mind. I asked my 5-year old son, Arlo, if he had any ideas. He was very earnest in his answers. "Whoever is the best reader gets the book!" he declared.

"Yeah, yeah," said I. "Listen, how about this? Whoever sends in the most amount of money wins the book?"
He looked at me very judgmentally. "Dad, people need money in order to buy things! If they send us their money, then they won't have any!"

We are just a couple of days away from October - my favorite month - and I have some great things planned for the blog. I want to post reviews of a lot of scary, Halloween-themed picture books, but I was having trouble finding any at the library that were truly scary. Most of them are quite cartoon-y. Though I did get a couple of good, creepy ones. Then the idea for the contest came to me:

Tell me about a children's picture book which scared the bejeezus out of you.

It can be a picture book that scared you when you were a kid and read it for the first time. It can be a picture book which you read as an adult and freaked you out. It can be something that was intentionally creepy or un-intentionally creepy. It does not necessarily need to be Halloween-themed.

Please leave your answers in the comments section below!

If you dare!!!!!!!!!!!

The best answer will receive a copy of this sweet, loving book, The Crown on Your Head, which you can read at night and will make all the monsters leave you alone.


  1. Natalie Su29.9.11

    The Grey Lady and The Strawberry Snatcher by Molly Bang (1984). A wordless picture book about a grey lady purchasing some strawberries at a market and being spied on and followed by a cloaked creature who has an affinity for strawberries... an affinity so strong that he chases her through towns and forests for her strawberries, dodging danger all in the name of delicious fruit. The artwork is really beautiful and so adventurous that absolutely no words are needed in this story... but I am not even lying when I say that the premise of being chased by a creature (especially one who looks like The Strawberry Snatcher) terrified me well into my teen years. Thanks, mom and dad.

  2. I should have mentioned - deadline is October 9th!


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