Waga’s Big Scare
Written and illustrated by Samuel Hiti
This scary monster is not for the faint of heart! Waga may be small, but he has the biggest scare. Right now, however, Waga is sad. He has lost his scare and can’t remember where he left it. Time is running out. If he does not find his scare by morning, he will disappear forever. So he starts looking: at the monster parade, in the creepy woods, in a dark, dank cave, even the graveyard. Suddenly, he remembers, but the sun is almost up. He jumps into a drain pipe, squeezes through the plumbing, and comes up the kitchen sink. He goes through the dining room, down the hallway, into the bedroom and under the bed. Because he left his scare – under your bed!
This is a good high interest, low reading level book. The illustrations are spooky enough to entertain an older reader but the reading level is easy. This would be a good companion to Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark or a class read aloud at Halloween. Waga is a demonic looking character especially when he comes slithering out of the kitchen sink, an image third or fourth grade boys will love, but I found disconcerting for younger readers. A suggested literacy activity would be to have your fourth graders make their own audio book recording but use with caution around the little kids.