Carole P. Roman
Reviewed by Paola Belloso (age 10) for Reader Views (02/18)
“Oh Susannah: Things That Go Bump” by Carole P. Roman, is the second book of her new series. In it you will continue the wonderful adventures of a third grader who encounters serious situations that end up being funny.
Susannah gets invited to a sleepover at her best friend Lola’s house. Lola is super excited and has been planning all week the fun things they are going to do. But Susannah is terribly scared to go because she heard Lola’s brother Kai say that there are ghosts all around the house. It’s Friday morning and Susannah hasn’t told her mom about Lola’s sleepover. When Susannah’s mom finds out about it she is happy for her and starts packing her stuff even though Susannah doesn’t want to go. When she noticed Susannah wasn’t excited, her mom tries to talk to her and makes her feel better about it. Susannah left to school hoping for a better day and a good time at Lola’s house.
Join Susannah on her journey through her day as she notices that she isn’t the only one who feared something like Lola’s haunted house. How she had learned how Macy felt so much fear about a unicorn and a little boy at the store was scared of clowns. Even Ms. Horns was afraid of catching the flu.
The message from all that Susannah goes through, teaches that we all have fears and that we are not the only ones. That it is ok to feel scared, but we must learn how to confront it and not believe in all that we hear until we can figure things out ourselves. Fear will make us see things and stop us sometimes from doing and enjoying the fun things. Susannah thought that Lola wasn’t afraid of anything and she realized that she also was scared of something. Discover what else could Susannah be scared of? Is it a bear? A lion? A tiger? Find out if she ends up going to the sleepover.
I really enjoyed this story. It has a bit mystery, suspense and love. How she is caring with her friend Macy and worried not to hurt Lola’s feeling about the sleepover. This is a great story for kids ages 6 and up.
A Note from Mom:
I enjoyed “Oh Susannah: Things that Go Bump” by Carole P. Roman. It is a story that I am sure many of us had been through once and have probably encountered with our kids. It’s a great book that will help them think about what each one fears and will try to overcome so they don’t miss the fun.