Written by Judi Billcliff, a crazy drama teacher and author. A Duffy Books in Homes role model Judi visits schools, entertaining children with her magical poetry performances.
Illustrator Deborah Hinde approached Judi with the idea for this book after social media fans responded to some of her ‘darker’ illustration posts.
Reading age: 2 – 5 years
‘Judi Billcliff has taken traditional rhymes and given them a makeover; a scary makeover.The blurb on the back of this picture book asks if you are brave enough to look inside and meet the scary creatures and there are plenty of them. You just might need to be brave! There are witches, goblins, and ghosts too. Even Count Dracula makes an appearance in these reimagined rhymes with a twist of scariness and lots of laughter.
Scary Mary quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With wailing moans
And rattling bones
All hanging in a row.
You’ll have to read the book to find out what else she has in her garden.
Deborah Hinde, as always, provides gorgeous illustrations; cheeky, funny, quirky, but also with a warmth which leaves us feeling safe after our journey into the spookiness of scary tales. This is a great book to use when thinking about Halloween, too.’ Book Trailers 4 Kids and YA