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Annie Was Warned

by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2003

Ages 4 - 7

Annie is a very brave little girl. Even though she was warned by her parents, her sister, and her friend James NOT to go to the haunted mansion, she decides that she is not afraid of anything. After all, she was born on Halloween, so what could scare her? Certainly not bats, spiders, black cats, shadows, cemeteries, or any of the other standard Halloween sources of screams. She sets out with her flashlight in the jet black night. While the text of this tale is sparse, the illustrations feature light and dark, shadows, and unconventional angles and perspectives, contributing to a very scary walk indeed. Even when Annie arrives and reads the signs to "Stay Away," she insists on opening the door, where she is thoroughly surprised, but definitely not scared in this great read-aloud for those who think they want to be scared, but who will appreciate the security of an upbeat finale. (HR; Oct 13) 2003 Cooperative Children's Book Center

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