Sir Simon Super Scarer

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A little while back we got the opportunity to read a new book by Tundra Books, a division of Penguin Random House. It’s called Sir Simon: Super Scarer by Cale Atkinson

Sir Simon: Super Scarer by Cale AtkinsonTundra Books (2018)
48 pages
Picture Book
Preschool – Grade 3 or Ages 4-8

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: Meet Sir Simon, Super Scarer. He’s a professional ghost who has been transferred to his first house. And just in time! He was getting tired of haunting bus stops and forests and potatoes. And to top it off, this house is occupied by an old lady — they’re the easiest to haunt!

But things don’t go as planned when it turns out a KID comes with this old lady. Chester spots Simon immediately and peppers him with questions. Simon is exasperated. . . until he realizes he can trick Chester into doing his ghost chores. Spooky sounds, footsteps in the attic, creaks on the stairs — these things don’t happen on their own, you know!

After a long night of haunting, it seems that maybe Chester isn’t cut out to be a ghost, so Simon decides to help with Chester’s human chores. Turns out Simon isn’t cut out for human chores either.

But maybe they’re both cut out to be friends . .

Sir Simon: Super Scarer

Did you know that ghosts have chores? If you’ve ever wondered what it was like being a ghost, Sir Simon is the book for you.  The summary above clearly tells the story of what goes on in this book. I thought it was cute seeing what the day in the “life” of a ghost would be like. But it’s not just about being a ghost. Sir Simon learns a big lesson about friendship as well – that friends help friends.

While this would make a great Halloween story, it’s so much more. At first, Simon is taking advantage of Chester but he soon realizes that his behaviour is wrong and figures out what to do to make it up to Chester.

Apparently there are horror movie references in the book too but I didn’t notice them. I’m not a big horror movie buff though.

“The book is filled with little details from famous horror movies, from the carpet in The Shining to Jason’s mask from Friday the 13th.” – quote from press release

So I read Sir Simon to my 4 and 7 year old. My 4 year old found it a little scary but overall they enjoyed it. I think it was better for my 7 year old who not only wasn’t scared by the idea of a ghost but also understood the jokes more. I would recommend the book for ages 6-8.


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