Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fear This Book by Jeff Szpirglas

Ever wonder where your fears come from, why you can't control your reaction to them, or even why you sometimes like to be scared? Fear This Book begins with an explanation of our physical response to fear and then moves onto explore the origins of superstitions, scary stories, and common phobias. Each topic is given a two-page full-color spread with engaging illustrations, whether it is fear of the dark, snakes, monsters, spiders, or even school. Szpirglas' conversational writing style offers the reader origins, explanations, and interesting trivia related to each topic. With Halloween approaching, students may appreciate reading a brief passage about their own fears. Fans of trivia books like Ripley's Believe It or Not, The Guinness Book of World Records, and Do Not Open will appreciate the information included. Other spooky resources in your library include Are You Afraid Yet?: The Science Behind Scary Stuff, the Goosebumps series by R. L. Stine, works by Stephen King, and Darren Shan's Cirque du Freak and Demonata series.

Szpirglas, Jeff (author) and Ramon Perez (illustrator). Fear This Book: Your Guide to Fright, Horror, & Things That Go Bump in the Night. Toronto: Maple Tree Press, 2006.

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