Sarah's Stars

Joshua Gee. Encyclopedia Horrifica
Scholastic $18.99 978-0-439-92255-5 138 pg.
Reviewed by Keegan, Age 14

I looked, and saw a hand on my shoulder. It was gray. It had long fingernails. I couldn't look past this point to see what it was. And then another hand grabbed my other shoulder, and I couldn't move. I couldn't move at all.

Encyclopedia Horrifica is an incredible book filled with ghosts, werewolves, vampires, and other horrifying and frightening creatures. It's about all sorts of mysterious creatures and events that have happened ever since people began believing in the supernatural. I thought the book was very informative about the unexplained things that happen in the world and gives the information in a unique and fun way.

The book has real life stories of people who encountered ghosts as well as a bit of history on the strange beings and happenings in each chapter. If you donét believe in ghosts you may after reading this book because there are some very creepy and unexplainable events in it.

There are a lot of pictures but instead of interfering with the text they enhance it and draw the reader into the book. If the book was just straight text and nothing else I think it would be very boring. The cover has a 3D picture of a skull with a spider in its eye socket and fangs. In each chapter there is also a unique background that in some way goes with the contents of that chapter. The book even has a template for cards that could tell you if you have ESP, and ghost pictures that you have to tell if they are fake or real. It's the perfect book to scare you and your friends on a dark and stormy Halloween night.

I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up because it may frighten younger readers. Even adults would be interested because of the strange and sometimes creepy information inside.

I give this book 5 out of 5 ghostly stars.

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