As a kid who saw creatures in my bedroom shadows at night, I always identified with the protagonist of Bedtime for Frances, who saw monsters in her bathrobe and had all kinds of other excuses for not going to bed. The new scary story for Halloween that’s sending shivers up my spine, even as an adult, is What There Is Before There Is Anything There by Argentinian author/illustrator Liniers.
It’s bedtime, and the young boy in the story sees strange creatures descending into his bedroom when he turns out the light. Unlike some other kids’ books, you actually see the creatures–not just dark imaginings. Spooky.
Then, in a seriously creepy moment, a dark figure says, “I am what there is before there is anything there.”
The boy does what any kid would do–runs to his parents’ bed. But the last page is what makes this book live up to its subtitle: A Scary Story. When he’s snuggled between his parents who have rolled back to sleep, the creatures slither in again.
The art in the book is playfully disturbing (is
I wouldn’t exactly call this one a reassuring bedtime story, but it’s very cool and the pictures are mesmerizing. The publishers recommend the book for ages 4-7 but I’d say that depends. Be sure your kids have a strong tolerance for scary stories–and are heavy sleepers.
You can find What There Is Before There Is Anything There by Liniers at our affiliate Amazon or your local indie bookshop.