Written by Ed Masessa • Scholastic, 2015.
Being a scarecrow is just his day job. Tonight all his friends will be stepping, or crawling, out into the moonlight.
Making ghouls goofy
This story has a lot of ghoulish creatures in it. It all happens at night. The main character is a skeleton. Uh, how is that not going to freak kids out? Actually, My first sketches were indeed way too scary. Scroll down to see for yourself. I kept revising the creatures to make them sillier, and added some goofiness to the skeleton. Making his ribs look like xylophone keys helped a lot. Still, my goal was not to make a Halloween book with adorable, cuddly characters. The kid who loves this book will need to love creepy crawlies.
Scarecrow Magic was the first of three consecutive books I illustrated that all take place at night. (See Rules of the House and Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Bop!) That's a lot of blue and purple paint!
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