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Author: Stine, R. L.
Mary McScary loves to scare people, but nothing she thinks up seems to bother her cousin, Harry McScary--but Mary will not give up trying.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 1.50
Points: .5 Quiz: 191239
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: K-2
Reading Level: 2.50
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 72408
Kirkus Reviews (08/01/17)
School Library Journal (09/01/17)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 09/01/2017 PreS-Gr 2—In this their second picture book collaboration, Stine and Brown introduce Mary McScary. Mary delights in scaring everyone but can't find a way to frighten her cousin Harry, so she pulls out all the stops when he comes to visit. Giant spiders, a ferocious gorilla, slimy snakes, a hungry hippo—Mary moans in despair as each dastardly deed backfires. Harry cuddles with the spiders, rides the gorilla, hugs the snakes, and tickles the hippo. Just when it seems like the red-haired fiend will give up, Mary concocts her most devious scheme yet: a kiss! With a long scream, Harry flees, and Mary reminds readers why she is truly scary. Brown's collage illustrations are the real showstopper in this cute, if slightly predictable, story. Mary's expressive close-ups, especially her evil mastermind realization that leads to Harry's downfall, perfectly capture her terrifying charm without plunging the story into depths too spooky. Bright, bold colors stretch across the pages, and Brown's inclusion of famous artwork on the walls, such as Edvard Munch's The Scream, is a subtle nod to the macabre. Stine's use of repetition and patterning makes this an ideal choice for sharing aloud with children, and Harry's humorous responses to Mary's scares allows it to be a gentle choice for younger audiences. VERDICT A first purchase holiday selection for school and public libraries.—Rachel Zuffa, Racine Public Library, WI - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.