Can't Scare Me!

by Ashley Bryan

"Tanto, tanto, I'm wild and free. / Grandma's stories can't stop me." So begins the... read more

"Tanto, tanto, I'm wild and free. / Grandma's stories can't stop me." So begins the song of a brave little boy who ignores his grandma's warnings of a two-headed monster. He knows he can charm even a multi-headed giant with his flute playing. And mostly he's right-until he meets the two-headed monster's older brother, who uses the little boy's bravado against him as he encourages him to come closer and closer so that he can grab him and put him in his sack. The giant orders his cook, Jane, to prepare the boy for dinner, and Jane finds the little boy's song so irresistible that he manages to escape. This lively retelling of a folktale from the Antilles is written in a lilting style that begs to be read aloud. The vivid tempera and watercolor illustrations offer a rainbow of hues suggesting a tropical setting. (Ages 4-7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2014

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