Come, step behind the curtain and enter a delightfully roguish world where mischief, mayhem and, perhaps, a dash of malice lurk....
Let us introduce you to the remarkable Squickerwonkers - a band of colorful marionettes, and stars of the fabulous Squickershow - and to Selma of the Rin-Run Royals - a clever little girl with a naughtiness lurking just beneath the surface. One day Selma stumbles upon this troupe of puppet-scoundrels and endures a cheeky test of character that leads to an unpleasant lesson; one The Squickerwonkers are only too happy to oblige in orchestrating.
In this, the prequel to the multi-book Squickerwonkers series, Selma’s curiosity and the Squickerwonkers’ vices set the stage for a wonderful cautionary tale that will captivate old and young alike.
"This is a wondrous book...the best book I've ever seen! These books might be sold out." (Amelia Taylor, six years old)
“The Squickerwonkers is just such a wonderful tale. Children of all ages will delight in the book’s deliciously dark mischief.” (Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens, creators of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film trilogies)
“[Kids] are adventurers by nature, they love to test themselves against their fears. And they will LOVE to be unsettled by this book.... Dark and delicious.” (Martin Baynton, author of Jane and the Magician and The Dragon’s Purpose)
“Fans of Gris Grimly and other creators of gentle horror should find their imaginations piqued.” (Publishers Weekly)
“More Grimm than Disney, Lilly and Fraser-Allen are unafraid to challenge their young readers and offer up a cautionary tale that promises to delight those willing to take the journey.” (Comics Online)
"Mystery, misanthropy, and mischief combine in this delightfully dark cautionary tale, written in an absorbing limerick style." (Foreword Reviews)
"Lilly set out to write a book that both children and parents could enjoy. She has succeeded." (SheKnows.com)
"The Squickerwonkers is a strange and wacky book but a fun one all the same." (Mugglenet)
"A creepy crawly delight." (B&N Book Blog)
"Parts Brothers Grimm, Roald Dahl and Tim Burton, The Squickerwonkers lurks at the shadowy end of the kids-lit spectrum” (Total Film)
“Dark and kooky tale.” (Richard Taylor, head of WETA Workshop)
“An amazing book.” (Comic Vine)
"A clever, creepy children's book." (Vulture)
"The rare kind of kids' book that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike." (Movies.com)
"The dark, alluring tale." (USA Today)
"[A] delightfully dark read." (Comics Alliance)
"A truly delightful and sophisticated children's book...and the easiest way to pitch it is to say were it a movie, it'd be right at home alongside the likes of Coraline and ParaNorman." (Movies.com)