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Underneath the Sidewalk

Underneath the Sidewalk

by Claire Eamer, illustrated by Thomas Gibault

ISBN 9781443146364 POB
32 Pages | 10" x 10" | Ages 3 to 8
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What lurks beneath the sidewalk cracks . . . ?

"Skip hop, jump stop,
Crack in the sidewalk.
Dark crack, deep crack,
Down-below-the-street crack.

It’s an age-old question. What would happen if you fell through the cracks in the sidewalk? This book explores that question with humour, joy and just the right dose of spine-tingling fear. As in Where The Wild Things Are, children will delight in the opportunity to face fears and overcome them, while making interesting new friends along the way. This book reminds us that fears once faced are never as bad as initially imagined.

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  • Short-listed, Chocolate Lily Book Award (BC Children's Choice), 2019
  • Winner, Shining Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice), 2018

Rights Sold

  • French (N. Amer.) - Éditions Scholastic

Selling Points

  • Books are a great way for kids to explore their fears in a controlled and safe setting.
  • Most young readers delight in “scary” when they're ready.
  • Engaging and rhythmic writing conveys the dramatic pacing.
  • A fantastic read-aloud!


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