Scaredy Kate by Jacob Grant spotlights children's fears. Our heroine, Kate, is afraid of her aunt's dog. She stumbles into an elevator and finds a package and starts a very slow ride to the 10th floor. At every floor a monster gets on the elevator. Kate is scared but these monsters are quite winsome. You'll get the pattern quickly as you follow Kate to a mysterious 10th floor that looks like a park with a party.
The bright art wins you over with its shadowy affect and simple nature, but don't forget to pay close attention, there are some terrific details. The art was drawn with charcoal and then colored digitally.
I'll use this in Preschool Storytime and with children up to 2nd grade. I'll recommend it to parents and teachers.