Simon Lester Henry Strauss bravely leads a group of his friends through one very spooky house, but nothing — not blood-sucking vampires or spider-eating goblins — can scare him.
Clearly he’s one brave guy… except for the “scary” surprise at the end. I won’t spoil it for you — to see what finally sends Simon running get the book.
My four year old is still a bit sheepish when it comes to anything scary; yet she loves this book. The illustrations albeit spooky have a funny quality that makes them easier for youngsters to handle. About every other page repeats the phrase: “I’m Simon Lester Henry Strauss and I’m not afraid of this haunted house.” This repetition is somehow reassuring to kids who might otherwise think it is too scary. I even think Simon’s brave spirit is rubbing off on Piper.
Another big plus is that Attalie, who is still a pretty early reader, can read it almost entirely without help (the repeating comes in handy for that too!) We’ve been reading this book almost daily, and I think I’m actually going to miss it once Halloween is over!0