The Importance of Scaring Children

Has Holly Black’s Doll Bones ushered in a new era of scary books for kids? Evangeline Lilly must be hoping so. Her Squickerwonkers isn’t the usual children’s picture book:

And these guys are creepy. They’re button-eyed and bursting at the seams. The lone human character, the protagonist Selma, isn’t any better. She looks like a wide-eyed little girl, but her appearance is unnatural, adding to the book’s sinister aesthetic.

Will these books have the same “scary-level” of fairy tales of yore, like those from the Brothers Grimm? To find out more about Lilly’s Squickerwonkers, check out the full story at The Atlantic!

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