Review: The Creeps by Fran Krause

Man, I haven’t done this in a long time! And my last one was also a Blogging For Books assignment. XD

I don’t know what took me so long to review this. I received this graciously from Blogging For Books late September; just in time for the Get Graphic readathon. In fact, this was my first read for that weekend. So what took so long? Uhm… I don’t exactly know how to review a picture book. Hah.

But I will try my best. Here goes.

The Creeps: A Deep Dark Fears Collection by Fran Krause is a little illustrated book about just that… a book of fears. But don’t be fooled. Some entries are cute, yes, but some made me stop and ponder about my own mortality. Really. All of these are legit fears, no matter how simple they are. Some center around the fear of the paranormal: ghosts, ghouls, monsters. Then some are what scares me more: embarrassing social situations that can (and has) happened in real life.

They are illustrated mostly in 4-panel comic strips. I like the almost childlike art style. It makes the situations seem friendlier… until it actually scares the wits out of you. I did tab a few – a couple – of my favorite situations, especially those that gave me pause. At first, I thought this book wasn’t going to affect me much because it takes a lot to scare me. But I was thinking of horror situations with ghosts and slashers, that kind of stuff. I wasn’t expecting this little book to hit me where it hurts the most. The fear of humiliation, being alone, rejection, failure… all of those are featured in a comic strip or two.

So yeah, I was expecting this to be a quick read, forget about it when I’m done. But no. This little book stuck with me and hey, it’s staying on my bookshelves for good. 🙂

Rating: 4/5 stars. It is a quick but meaningful read.



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