Children in the entrance of the bear's cave, looking worried, from We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Themed book list: Fear

  • Theme: Fear
  • Published: 21 Feb 2020
Compare traditional fairy tales and cautionary tales with more recent children’s books including Haunted House, Not Now, Bernard and Billy and the Beast.

Billy and the Beast by Nadia Shireen

Billy and the Beast by Nadia Shireen

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, from an original idea by Siobhan Dowd, illustrated by Jim Kay

Pages 10-11 of A Monster Calls. Left hand page show a black and white illustration. The silhouette of a monster appears in the distance. The right hand page contains the opening text of the story.

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Usage terms Text © 2011 Patrick Ness
Illustrations © 2011 Jim Kay
A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness based on an original idea by Siobhan Dowd & Illustrated by Jim Kay
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Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett

Little Mouses’s Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett

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Usage terms Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears. First published in 2007 by Macmillan Children's Books, an imprint of Pan Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers International Limited. Reproduced by permission of Macmillan Publishers International Limited.
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We're Going on a Bear Hunt (Waxaannu soo ugaadhsanaynaa madaxkuti) by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury (parallel text in Somali and English)

Pages 15-16 of We're Going on a Bear Hunt. The text is written in both English and Somali. There are two panels of images on each page to be viewed from left to right. The first shows the family and dog sprinting up the staircase, the second shows them coming back down as the silhouette of a bear can be seen through the open door. The third shows them slamming to door shut, the bear is seen through the glass in the door. The forth shows the family all climbing into the same bed.

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Usage terms Text ©1989 Michael Rosen
Illustrations© 1989 Helen Oxenbury
WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT by Michael Rosen & Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
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Not Now, Bernard by David McKee

Pages 11-12 of Not Now, Bernard. The left hand page shows a large purple monster tucked up under a patchwork quilt in Bernard's bed with Bernard's teddy bear. The right hand page shows Bernard's mother reaching to the light switch as she walks out the open door.

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Haunted House by Jan Pieńkowski, Tor Lokvig and John Walmsley

Pages 1-2 of Haunted House by Jan Pieńkowski, Tor Lokvig and John Walmsley. The pop-out staircase has green slime running down it. The eyes of a portrait on the wall move when a sliding tab is pulled.

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Hansel and Gretel and other stories, illustrated by Kay Nielsen ('Hansel and Gretel', 'The Juniper Tree' and 'Rumpelstiltskin')

Two blonde children stand in the foreground, back towards the viewer. They face into a sinister dark woodland. A cottage with a small garden of green trees and flowers is in front of them. The cottage appears to be made of baked goods.

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Usage terms Hansel and Gretel and Other Stories, illustrated by Kay Nielsen (1925), reproduced by permission of Hodder Children’s Books, an imprint of Hachette Children’s Books, Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London imprint, EC4Y 0DZ.

The English Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffmann

The English Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffmann

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Child's First Tales, written by the Brontë sisters' headmaster

Child's First Tales, written by the Brontë sisters' headmaster [page: vi-[No. 1]]

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Juvenile trials for robbing orchards, telling fibs, and other heinous offences

Title page and facing illustration depicting a judge and people gathered in a court, from Juvenile Trials for robbing orchards, telling fibs, and other heinous offences

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Banner image: Text ©1989 Michael Rosen. Illustrations© 1989 Helen Oxenbury. WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT by Michael Rosen & Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. Reproduced by permission of Walker Books Ltd, London SE11 5HJ www.walker.co.uk

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