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Emily Carroll tells five scary stories (plus an introduction and conclusion), each one weirder than the last. The stories remind me of old-fashioned fairytales which were meant to protect children by teaching them to fear the unknown. In these stories, the forest is unknown, and there is always something strange and dangerous waiting there for you.
The art in this book makes it stand out. The woods are dark and dangerous, so many pages are covered with black, dark blue shadows, and red. Many of the panels have few words, so you can follow the story by looking at the pictures.
My two cents: Read the last story, “The Nesting Place,” if you have ever felt something was strange about someone you met who was “too perfect.”