I was so enchanted by concept behind The Once Upon a Time Map Book by BG Hennessy with delightful illustrations by Peter Joyce that I knew I would love whatever she did next. For The Scary Places Map Book Hennessey has teamed up with the wonderfully spooky Erwin Madrid to create a slightly creepy, superbly suspenseful collection of "Seven Terrifying Tours" of places we all know and love to be scared by. As with her first book, Hennessy provides more than just a map, she makes her book interactive with keys, letter and number directionals and instructions for navigating the map and staying out of danger... The book also includes, in its final pages, additional seek-and-find challenges that readers will love. The adventure starts on the Ghostly Galleon pirate ship then heads to the Land of Mythical Creatures where a Minotaur's Labyrinth waits to be walked. From there a round-up of Western Terror-Tories has everything from abandoned mines and rattlesnakes to ghost towns. A tour of the Wicked Woods and Witchfield Village visits a friendly gingerbread cottage (or is it?) the Creepy Creek, Broken Spell Lake and the Magical Potion Botanical Garden, among other places. Finally, a Trip Through Tansylvania reveals a truly spooky map that holds a Nightmare House with a Basement of Lost Things and a Museum of Haunted Objects that are very cool.
Both of the books are bursting with creativity and are sure to generate excitement in readers by visiting familiar places. For another great review visit the awesome blog Charlotte's Library.
I thought that Brandon Dorman was the hardest working cover artist in the world of kid's books until I took a look at Erwin Madrid's blog! Besides working as a visual development artist for Dreamworks (Madrid worked on Shrek and Madagascar 2, among others) his distinctive style can be found on the covers of many great current and upcoming works of middle grade fiction!
The Wide Awake Princess and the sequel, Unlocking the Spell by ED Baker
The Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice
Word After Word and Kindred Souls by Patricia MacLachlan
Half Upon a Time and Twice Upon a Time by James Riley
Icarus Project by Laura Quimby (10/12)
Juniper Berry by MP Kozlowsky
Lone Bean by Chudney Ross
Sleuth or Dare series by Kim Harrington
The Prairie Theif by Melissa Wiley
Source: Review Copy