The Too-Scary Story
by Bethanie Deeney Murguia
Arthur A. Levine Books, 2017
Walter and Grace get Dad to tell a scary story. Grace, the oldest, wants a real scary one, for she has a magic wand to protect her. Walter wants a scary story, but not too scary. They enter a forest which is dark. “The spookiest, creepiest kind of dark!” says Grace. “Too scary!” says Walter. But then fireflies appear and Walter cheers. And so Dad balances scary with not too scary. A fun, scary story where Graces uses her magic to save the day!
Dark and scary illustrations balance out the safe ones as Grace and Walter imagine a walk through the forest making the story the perfect scary story.