Not only did I get to meet one of my favorite illustrators at ScareLA, Abigail Larson, I also got an advanced copy of a children’s book she illustrated called Sarah Faire and the House at the End of the World.
Written by Alex Giannini, the book tells the story of a young girl named Sarah Faire who braves a supernatural, crumbling old house to save a friend.
The illustrations are as sumptuous as I expected. Pages brim with grinning pumpkins, dreary ravens, and swinging chandeliers.
The writer does a remarkable job expressing the kind of apprehension children experience when approaching an unknown or dark space. He focuses on the sounds and the things that can’t be seen. It’s almost scary, but not too scary. It’s a great introduction to the haunted house genre. And it has a nice message about courage and values.
I would have lost my mind over this book when I was a little girl. Between the pictures of the shadowy house and the melodious descriptions, I would have wanted it read to me over and over again, especially around Halloween.
Bonus! Great minds think alike: Victoria Craven of The Autodidact in the Attic blog reviewed the book this week as well. And she came to the same conclusions I did that this pretty little book is a great way to introduce children to spooky stories. Click here to read her review and watch out for her upcoming interview with the author.
If you have a little Sarah Faire in your life, The book’s release date hasn’t been announced yet. But you can watch this official website for more information.