Title: Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Mateya Arkova
“She had wasted all that time being afraid of something that wasn’t even real,” Susannah acknowledges in Carole P. Roman’s children’s book, Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump.
~ What ~
Second in the Oh Susannah series, this sixty-two-page paperback targets early elementary school-aged children and readers who like short chapter story books. With no profanity or violence, it would best be read to beginner readers based on some complicated words. Every two to nine-page chapter has a small black and white illustration at its beginning. The ending includes the author’s biography and the first chapter of the prior book in the series.
In this continuing short story, Susannah has been invited to sleep at her best friend’s house, but she is wary as she thinks a ghost lives there. After helping a blind girl, Susannah learns that others can be frightened of things too, including something innocuous as a unicorn. When Susannah goes to the sleepover, not only is she surprised by what she finds, but she also realizes that being afraid can be conquered.
~ Why ~
With this story being told in many short chapters, the book will engage young readers who can relate to having anxiety of the unknown. I like how a blind girl helped show Susannah the way to understanding fear and realize we all are scared of something. Having the chapters short and to the point keeps a new reader interested.
~ Why Not ~
The book contains many multi-syllable words so it may be hard for beginner readers to comprehend. One chapter is almost ten pages long so the reader may want to split it into two sections. Since the story ends with a teaser, it may frustrate some that they have to wait for the next book in the series.
~ Who ~
Award-winning author, Roman has written complete series for children of books based on countries, civilizations, and pirate genre as well as non-fiction for adults. She lives in New York with her husband and close to her children and grandchildren.
~ Wish ~
I wish the story were complete, but it forces the reader to anticipate the next book in the series. If four or five books were bundled in the complete series, it would be a nice box gift set for a young reader.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a short chapter book in a series that offers warranted lessons of life such as dealing with fear, this read would be an excellent choice, especially for young girls who love to read.
Thanks to the author for furnishing this complimentary book that I am reviewing freely.
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