The Scary Places Map Book: Seven Terrifying Tours by B.G. Hennessy, illustrated by Erwin Madrid

The Scary Places Map Book: Seven Terrifying Tours 
by B.G. Hennessy, illustrated by Erwin Madrid

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 Hennessy 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, seek-and-find challenges that readers will love. 

Where the Once Upon a Time maps take us to lands from specific stories, Hennessy conjures up collectively creepy haunts for this book. 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 explored. 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?) along with 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.

Where The Once Upon a Time Map book draws on the imaginations of authors, Hennessy takes places from our collective imaginations and creates places that feel familiar and new in The Scary Places Map Book. Both of the books are bursting with imagination and are sure to inspire creative endeavors in all who read them, from making their own maps to writing stories about the inhabitants of each locale.

Source: Review Copy

THE SCARY PLACES MAP BOOKText copyright © 2012 by Barbara G. Hennessy. Illustrations copyright © 2012 by Erwin Madrid. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

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