Simon Says Take Two Giant Steps Forward
By B.G. Hennessy, Illustrated by Erwin Madrid
Candlewick Press, $15.99, 32 pages
A walk around the block collecting candy on Halloween night is a fun journey for any kid. Now you can give them the chance to take more exciting trips while celebrating all things scary. B.G. Hennessy’s new book The Scary Places Map Book: Seven Terrifying Tours is filled with spine-tingling adventures that are guaranteed to entertain and challenge. Each map highlights a spooky site. Travel to the Wicked Woods, Transylvania, Nightmare House and Witchfield Village. Take a trip on a haunted cruise ship and explore a frightening museum. Erwin Madrid’s illustrations are filled with lost objects to find. Fans of Where’s Waldo? will enjoy searching this book, while learning skills useful in geography and math. Letters and numbers edge each map. Read the directions and plot coordinates to find a destination. Younger kids will love the pictures and older kids will devour the details. Readers can pick it up and open it to any page. The text helps set each scene by suggesting what noises a traveler might hear and who they might meet on the path. Have a terrifyingly fun journey!
Reviewed by Elizabeth Franklin