Simon & Schuster/Atheneum  ISBN 0-689-83047-5 (hardcover)

Simon & Schuster/Atheneum
ISBN 0-689-83047-5 (hardcover)

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Eek! Creak! Snicker, Sneak

Illustrated by Jos. A. Smith

A fun story about Bugbear and Bugaboo, two little mischievous creatures who scare kids at night. But guess who gets scared in the end??

(Note: The illustrations of two silly, imaginary creatures might be somewhat scary for little ones. I would suggest a parent or teacher read the story ahead before sharing it with really young children. Suggested age - 5 or 6, and up.) 


“What…makes all that noise bedtime? Parents…will always look for a logical explanation: ‘It’s just a truck, a clackity train,/a thunderstorm, the zooooom of a plane.’ But Greene and Smith step inside the imaginations of children and propose that such noises are the work of two creatures: Bugbear…and Bugaboo…Delivered in a funny way, the message has the authority of FDR: the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
Publishers Weekly

“…the rollicking verse is full of onomatopoeia and spooky noises…A great opportunity for adults to howl and yowl at bedtime storytimes, these ‘boos’ deserve a resounding yeah.”
School Library Journal

“…Kids will delight in the satisfying switch when the children gather up their courage and turn the tables on the two…On repeated reads, kids will eagerly join in with the word sounds as they anticipate the child-size victory.”


Junior Library Guild Selection

The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books – recommended rating

Children's Book-of-the-Month Club selection