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Title:
Annie was warned
Author:
Krosoczka, Jarrett.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
Disregarding warnings about the creepy mansion outside of town, Annie bravely goes to investigate on Halloween night and gets a big surprise.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
220 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.6 0.5 75229.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.4 1 Quiz: 36124 Guided reading level: I.
ISBN:
9780375815676

9780375915673
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Annie was warned not to go to the creepy Montgomery mansion . . . and maybe she wouldn't have if her best friend hadn't dared her. But Annie isn't afraid of anything. Not bats, not spiders, and certainly not some haunted house. Or is she?


Author Notes

Jarrett J. Krosoczka is a New York Times best-selling author/ illustrator. Two-time winner of the Children's Choice Book Awards Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS. Annie isn't scared of haunted places. After all, she was born on Halloween. So despite all the dire warnings of family and friends, on Halloween night she sneaks out to the creepy Montgomery mansion. The simple text is great for reading aloud, and the big double-page paintings with neon-colored images against a black background, show the brave girl's scary journey down the dark, empty street in the howling wind. Something black flies by. Was it a bat? What's tickling the back of her neck in the churchyard? When she finally gets to the brooding mansion, she hears whispers, but she dares to open the door--and the last page folds out--to a real surprise. Even when they know the cozy end, preschoolers will enjoy going back to those deliciously shivery moments, when ghostly creatures loom in the dark. --Hazel Rochman Copyright 2003 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Annie's parents caution her against going to the "creepy old Montgomery Mansion," but she's not one to turn down a dare. "Annie was warned... but Annie wasn't scared," Krosoczka (Baghead) intones atmospherically as slanting, curving spreads depict her slinking down deserted streets, ducking tree branches, checking over her shoulder and beaming her flashlight at a black cat: "But Annie wasn't afraid of anything! After all, she was born on Halloween night." At last, she approaches the house's dark door-and a gatefold opens on a surprise birthday party. Krosoczka advances his story with sly agility, adding a subtle visual clue, too. A delicious mix of suspense and wit. Ages 4-8. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-Annie is warned not to go to an old mansion on Halloween night because of bats and spiders, but a friend taunts her, "I dare you to go!" Of course she does, experiencing some frightening moments on the way. She sees something out of the corner of her eye: "Was it a bat?" She feels something prickly on the back of her neck: "Was it a spider?" What are those whispers she hears as she climbs up the front stairs, and where did those cautionary signs come from? The brief text is appropriately scary, and the resolution of each suspenseful moment requires a page turn, culminating in a delightful foldout surprise as plucky Annie enters the "haunted" house. Krosoczka's richly textured, double-page cartoon paintings, executed in a dark palette filled with multidirectional brush strokes and ominous-looking shadows, create an eerie Halloween night atmosphere. The effective use of perspective causes houses and glaring street lights to overwhelm Annie and the huge mansion to loom over her, its entrance stairway appearing to go forever upward. The hand-lettered, spidery-looking negative print is placed on dark ground and grows larger when frightening questions are posed. This deliciously scary offering, paired with Linda Williams's The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything (HarperCollins, 1986), is guaranteed to haunt Halloween storyhours.-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community College, CT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.