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Eek! Creak! Snicker, sneak
Greene, Rhonda Gowler.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2002]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 24 x 28 cm
Bugbear and Bugaboo are creatures who like to play scary tricks on children, until the night they get scared themselves.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.4 0.5 59364.
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They snicker. They sneak. They make their plans while schemingly rubbing their hairy hands... Bugbear and Bugaboo are nighttime tricksters who delight in frightening children in bed. They make scary noises, cast ominous shadows, and can even make an entire house shake without ever attracting the slightest notice from the children's parents. But one night these mischievous monsters are so busy scheming how best to scare two particular youngsters that they are caught by utter surprise when the children come up with a scheme of their own -- to banish the creatures once and for all.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

What or, rather, who makes all that noise outside that torments kids at bedtime? Parents, of course, will always look for a logical explanation: "It's just a truck, a clackity train,/ a thunderstorm, the zooooom of a plane." But Greene (Barnyard Song) and Smith (A Creepy Countdown) step inside the imaginations of children and propose that such noises are the work of two creatures: Bugbear, who brings to mind Charles Addams's Uncle Fester; and Bugaboo, a green, ghoulish, plush-toy-like critter. Bugbear "loves to frighten you and me/ with eeeks and cr-r-reaks and big bad h-ow-owls/ and tiny squeaks and catlike yee-ow-owls!" while Bugaboo's " `wooooo' will chill your spine" (all the onomatopoeia gets a further comic nudge from spooky typography). The hobgoblin duo very nearly succeeds in terrorizing the children of one representative household. Smith's watercolor-and-ink vignettes knowlingly depict the boy and girl in several tried-and-true cowering positions (hiding under the bed, pulling covers over their heads, etc.). But the kids finally triumph by turning the tables: with "a horrible "Boo!!!" they send Bugbear and Bugaboo scampering. Delivered in a funny way, the message has the authority of FDR: the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Ages 4-7. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-What makes those creaks, those shrieks in the middle of the night? Why does the house tremble and why do shadows appear on the wall? Grown-ups blame the breeze, a passing train, a yowling cat. But the brother and sister in this gently scary tale discover that it's really Bugbear (a bald and portly mischief-maker in red-and-white striped shorts) and Bugaboo (his green, furry, and similarly rotund little sidekick). Together, these impish creatures try their best to terrorize the youngsters but when the pajama-clad siblings catch sight of the troublesome duo, they turn the tables on them. Springing from their hiding place and shouting a horrible "Boo" of their own, they so startle Bugbear and Bugaboo that the two little bullies are last seen heading across the lawn at a terrified run. While taking some liberties with rhyme and meter, the rollicking verse is full of onomatopoeia and spooky noises. Nighttime blues and the wide, frightened eyes of the children provide the chills in the watercolor, pen, and ink illustrations but the reassuring glow in the lighted rooms, the gentle presence of parents, and the diminutive size of the trespassers effectively temper the shivers. A great opportunity for adults to howl and yowl at bedtime storytimes, these "boos" deserve a resounding yeah.-Carol Ann Wilson, Westfield Memorial Library, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.