Claire Freedman's story is composed in an ABAB rhyming scheme, which takes the edge off what might otherwise be a slightly intense adventure of a monster who faces his fears. The takeaway from this story is great; it's OK to be scared sometimes, but it's also important to try to overcome your fears.
Scaredy Boo! is a valuable springboard for discussion into the nature of fear; yours, your child's and any others that might be topical for your household or school.
The illustrations, by Russell Julian, are super fun. There are all sorts of monsters on the pages, but they're not scary monsters. Instead, they're quite silly and enjoyable to look at.
For those who are members of the endpaper fan club, this one's worth a look. The child-like renderings of monsters are charming and set the tone for the rest of the story.
Scaredy Boo! is a sweet subversion of a classic monster tale, and fun to read aloud.
Title: Scaredy Boo!
Author: Claire Freedman
Illustrator: Russell Julian
Publisher: Parragon Books, $12.99 RRP
Publication Date: 27 August 2012
For ages: 3 – 6
Type: Picture Book