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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

WHAT THERE IS BEFORE THERE IS ANYTHING THERE: A SCARY STORY. By Liniers. Translated by Elisa Amado. Groundwood, 2014. $18.95 ages 6 and up

"He knows that they are
coming. They come every
night when the ceiling

First comes one. It's not
always the same one.
It floats down from where
the ceiling was.
Slowly, slowly."

If you have a little someone, or even a big one, in your house who has a fear of the dark, you may not want to read this book with them! On the other hand, if there is someone who loves to be scared by the dark, this is a perfect book! I guess the final decision for sharing might be made by your relationship with things that 'go bump in the night!'

When his parents put him to bed, turn out the light and shut his door, the ceiling above him disappears. Now, he can only see 'a black and infinite.' He has seen the creatures on previous nights. Sometimes they look different, but they always float down to where he is. Lurking in silence, the first is just that - the first. Others follow, and not one of them makes a noise. They like to stare.

Now, he is scared. It happens every single night. These creatures are only the beginning! Soon, a low, whispering voice adds to the terror found in darkness. Off he goes at a run, to the safety of his parents' bed! It will be the last time, his mother says - or will it?

I love the scary color palette that Liniers uses to keep that feeling of suspense alive and well throughout this story of nighttime fears, and the relentless power of the imagination. The sharp, short sentences ramp up the concern, and perfectly match the story's unnerving tone. 

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