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The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

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‘A clever reworking of a classic story. The little old lady’s fearless attitude and her clever solution as to what to do with the lively shoes, pants, shirt and pumpkin head that are chasing her will enchant young audiences. With brilliantly colored, detailed folk art illustrations. A great purchase.’ —SLJ. Children's Choices for 1987 (IRA/CBC)
Notable 1986 Children's Trade
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 25th 1986 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1986)
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Miriam
Sep 17, 2014 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture
This is a slightly watered down version of a story which I've heard or read before -- an old woman is followed home by one animated garment after another. In the tale I'm familiar with they gradually assemble into a full, presumably ghostly, figure; here they just sort of hang out together and wiggle. In the illustrations they are clearly disparate. Maybe this was intended to make the story less scary. If so it was successful. Possibly a nice Halloween read for less bold children who need a not- ...more
Ronyell
Oct 28, 2010 Ronyell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ronyell by: The Picture-Book Club
I have read this book for theChildren's Book Club and it was alright. “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” is a Halloween children’s book by Linda Williams along with illustrations by Megan Lloyd and it is about how a brave old lady goes out of her cottage to get some herbs, spices, nuts and seeds when she started to walk home, she meets a spooky set of clothes that follow her along the way! “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” may have a brave protagonist and cut ...more
Kathryn
Oct 07, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone for Halloween, especially read-aloud
I would have LOVED this story when I was little!!! All the sounds and the cumulative nature of the tale... it'd make a great read-aloud. (Plus, my favorite story when I was little was Dr. Seuss' tale of "The Pale Green Pants With Nobody Inside Them" and this features a pair of pants with nobody inside them!!!) I also like how the Little Old Lady solves her "problem" of the frightening things following her in a thoughtful, kindhearted and proactive way. A great Halloween read!
Lisa Vegan
Oct 05, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fearful kids and brave kids for Halloween or anytime reading
I reread this because I’d never written a review for it, even though I used to read it frequently with and to kids, because it’s one of 6 books for the October (theme: Autumn/Halloween) Picture Books Club at the Children's Books group.

I was expecting that this would be a book I’d downgrade when reading it on my own, without enthusiastic kids hanging on every word and/or participating.

But, it’s a delightful story. I love its cumulative nature, the sound effects, and the clever conclusion. It’s a
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midnightfaerie
A fun read for my 5 yr old as well as my preschoolers, this book had something for everyone. Being a big fan of Halloween myself, I love anything that's even remotely scary or has pumpkins and this had both. Although one of my 3 yr olds covered his face when the scary pumpkin face showed up, he still asked to read it even though we had read it the day before. In fact it was he that requested it, knowing he was scared of it. So, not overly scary but it might be a consideration if you have sensiti ...more
Abi
Jan 12, 2012 Abi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math, ece-3601, sequencing
This is a cute book to read in the fall around Halloween. It is easy to get children interacting because their are multiple characters in the book. Children can practice manipulating words orally while the book is read. I can create a lesson where children count the objects in the picture and label each one. This will help the children with writing out numbers and recognizing pictures from the book. Children could also practice sequencing the order of the objects to make up the scarecrow. Many g ...more
Brenda
Oct 05, 2010 Brenda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brenda by: Children Book Group Halloween/Autumn theme
Shelves: picture-books
A little old lady is walking in the woods and suddenly followed by shoes, shirts, pants and a pumpkin. This is story that would work well for a younger child who likes to act out the parts of a story. There is plenty of clomping, wiggling, shaking, clapping and nodding with one BOO at the end. Nice rhymes for early readers who can easily pick up the repetitive pieces and join in.
Luann
Oct 31, 2008 Luann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My all-time favorite Halloween picture book! I read it every year for my Halloween storytime. Even older kids will participate with the CLOMP, CLOMP, CLAP, CLAP, etc. After reading the story, I like to go back to the beginning and show the picture of the old lady's yard. The kids love seeing what is in her neighbor's yard and hanging on the clothes line.
Emily
My favorite Halloween book (not that it's about Halloween per se). Genuinely creepy, but won't freak out 3-year-olds, and a perfect ending. Sadly, this year T didn't want me to read it to him "because I can read it to myself". Still, it will be a good place holder while we head to RI for the weekend for some suburban trick-or-treating!
Michelle
Oct 06, 2014 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-the-littlies
This book is a great Halloween read for younger listeners because it is cumulative, super-involved (you get a whole body workout when you read this to your kids- you have to shake, shimmy and clap on every page!) and it sends a message that "scary" things aren't scary when you face them bravely. A must-read for ages 3-8.
C.
Dec 16, 2015 C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Impressive and enthralling at numerous levels, Linda Williams & Megan Lloyd created “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything” in 1986. I am elated to have discovered it! It’s brevity does not diminish one iota of its layered, tickling impact. At first, one is tempted to attest Megan’s tremendously attractive illustrations to this book’s spark but Linda’s storytelling thrills me just as much.

A nature woman like me, gathers herbs on foot at a distance from home. She has a contented
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Marilyn
Oct 28, 2014 Marilyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One dark and windy autumn night a brave little old lady was walking back to her house when she heard a clomping noise behind her. What could possibly be making that sound? She discovers an old pair of shoes has been following her, "Clomp, clomp." She turns to them and says, "I'm not afraid of you, " but she walks a little faster. As her journey continues she is confronted by other spooky things: a pair of pants, (wiggle, wiggle), a floating shirt (shake, shake), a top hat (nod, nod), a pair of w ...more
Brianna Mendenhall
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything

Once upon a time, there was a little old lady who was not afraid of anything! But one autumn night, while walking in the woods, the little old lady heard . . . clomp, clomp, shake, shake, clap, clap. And the little old lady who was not afraid of anything had the scare of her life!

I gave this story 5 stars!

This is a must read every year around Halloween time for me and my family. As a child I loved the vivid illustrations, and I've continued to fi
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Amy
Nov 24, 2008 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One windy afternoon the little old lady went for a walk in the forest. It started to get dark and when the little old lady started to walk home she kept seeing things in the middle of the path -two big shoes, pants, a shirt, two white gloves, a black hat, and a very scary pumpkin head- but the little old lady was not afraid of anything. What became of these things? They may not have been able to scare the little old lady, but they did scare all the crows away. This book reminded me a bit of that ...more
Crystal Marcos
This was another Children's Picture Book Club read http://www.goodreads.com/topic/group_...

I liked The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything. My daughter just found out what pumpkins are last week so she noticed the giant pumpkin on the cover. I had fun reading it aloud to her. It had simple illustrations and was an easy read so she could relate to the book well. It was fun going through the motions with her as I read CLOMP, CLOMP, WIGGLE, WIGGLE, SHAKE, SHAKE, ETC. She thought that was
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Loraine
SUMMARY: Once upon a time, there was a little old lady who was not afraid of anything! But one autumn night, while walking in the woods, the little old lady heard . . . clomp, clomp, shake, shake, clap, clap. And the little old lady who was not afraid of anything had the scare of her life!

REVIEW: This is a delightful retelling of the story of Sir Pumpkinhead that pulls children in with the chance to help with parts of the story and get up and move around while they're listening. Even my 2 1/2 ye
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Kelcey
Nov 13, 2014 Kelcey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: s-b-showcase
This is one of my favorite books. I grew up doing this activity when I was in pre-K. On Halloween my teacher would dress up as a pumpkin, (pumpkin suit, candy corn earrings and a stem hat. She had it down.)and she would read the book to us so we could act it out. I was with the program for 3 years. I was there from 3-5 years old so I remember doing this very well. Mrs.Carrie is my inspiration for this book and the lesson plan I did. I will keep this lp with me for the rest of my years as a teach ...more
Siobhan
A wonderful read from my childhood, one I’d certainly suggest for other youngsters. Whilst it is not my all-time favourite childhood read I can still recall all the details of this one meaning it certainly left a lasting impression upon my young mind.

And isn’t that what we want with children’s books, for them to leave a positive lasting impression?
Dolly
Nov 29, 2008 Dolly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Interesting story about a little old lady who is pursued by several items of clothing and a scary pumpkin. They want to scare her, but she finds something useful for them to do instead.

This book was selected as one of the October 2011 - Autumn and Halloween reads at the Picture-Book Club in the Children's Books Group here at Goodreads.
Elizabeth Woodruff
This book was written by Linda Williams and illustrated by Megan Lloyd. It is about a little old lady that goes on a walk to the forest to gather herbs, spices, and nuts. As she is walking through the forest she comes across a pair of clomping shoes. She goes on her way because she isn't afraid of anything. Next, she comes across a pair of wiggling pants. She wasn't afraid so went on to walk through the woods. She then runs into a shaking shirt. Next, a nodding hat and clapping pair of gloves st ...more
Jocelin
This was a cute book that was about being out after dark and not getting scared. The "old lady" in the book was fearless as she walked in the woods to get back to her cottage. She heard lots of noises from different "inanimate" objects that seemingly came to life. They were following her to scare her (weird but, ok). Finally, towards the end she was a little anxious and ran home. They followed her and thought she would be frightened, she was not. So she put all of the items to work for her benef ...more
Heather
Dec 01, 2013 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just another adorable catchy story, and it is also a little humorous.
It's been way too lost since I last read it and way too long since my mother has read it to me.
Jane
Nov 02, 2010 Jane added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 3-8 year olds
Recommended to Jane by: "hands On Reading"
A favorite at Halloween for reading aloud. And got the Spanish version from the library.
I'm reading this to James now and enjoying it more than ever!
Lori
Oct 18, 2007 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
my kids like this one. typical halloween book, not scary enough to give them nightmares, but creepy enough for them to want to hear it again and again.
Kate
Oct 29, 2014 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
"Not scary enough"? "Not creative enough"? "Not the best version of this kind of story"? Maybe so, fellow Goodreads reviewers. But for teachers or librarians looking for a semi-spooky story for a crowd of varying ages and creep tolerance levels, this is about the best pick I've found. I did have one first-grader who I know is easily spooked that had to sit close to her mom for the story, but all the kids enjoyed the book and liked stomping, wiggling, shaking, clapping, nodding, and BOO-ing along ...more
Terry
Pretty good story, and fund. The little old lady stands up to the spooky clothes and eventually puts them to her use as her new scarecrow.
Kierstyn Stanley
I chose this book for my read aloud because children can really get involved with the book. The main character, a little old lady, is not afraid of anything. On her way home one night she is faced with obstacles that would make the average person frightened, but not the little old lady. Boots stomping and a pumpkin head yelling BOO can not stop her. Children will really love to see the actions the different parts of a pumpkin scarecrow can do. The actions are in different fonts so the kids would ...more
Franjessca
Aug 16, 2014 Franjessca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-devine
I read this to my 2.5 year old and she really got into the story. She was getting a kick out of the wiggle, wiggle, shake, shake, etc. Although, she was scared at the end with the illustration with what happened to the pants, shirt, etc. My 2.5 year old loves to be read to, so when a book can make her get into it…you know it's a good book.

We're starting to think Devine will be the big reader in the family because the girl will have us read ten books all at once. She'll then attempt to read it t
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Jalen
Nov 10, 2014 Jalen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a great and fun story to read to young children, especially during the fall season. It is a perfect example and great visual aid to teah a lesson on onomotopeias as well as a great introduction on lessons about the fall season and what types of things you would see during the fall including a pumpkin and scare crow. This little old lady was very brave after being chased by a big scary pumpkin head in clothing while walking through the woods and suprisingly she and the pumpkin head c ...more
Stephanie H (My Bookish Itinerary)
This is a fun story to read in October to get into the Halloween/Fall spirit.
This story is about a little old lady that believes she is not afraid of anything. One day she goes into the woods by her house and finds a pair of boots, clomping around her. Which does not scare her. And as she heads home she discovers more articles of clothing that are moving on their own in an attempt to frighten her.
My children do not find the story scary. Not even when we get to the part where the little old lady
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