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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Stacie Morrell’s colorfully illustrated book, Sir Stan the Bogeyman, is a fresh take on the original menacing characterization of the bogey man. A little girl is sleeping on her bed and wakes up to find a strange old man sitting on a chair beside her book case. At first, she is scared, but the man starts to tell her his life story. Mesmerized, the girl listens to an amazing tale about an arrogant handsome boy from a noble family that transforms into an old, scary man because he disrespects the queen. Feared and rejected, he is doomed to a life of loneliness. The old man has to find a child with courage and a beautiful heart so that the curse will be lifted. Will the little girl find it in her heart to believe the story of the bogeyman?
Sir Stan the Bogeyman by Stacie Morrell is a children’s book that gives us a completely different picture of the bogeyman. A mythical creature in various cultures, the bogeyman is used by adults to frighten children so that they behave well. The bogeyman does not have a specific appearance as it varies greatly, even from household to household - he is simply a personification of terror. In this book, however, we learn about the story of Sir Stan, whose childhood folly transformed him into a feared creature, the bogeyman. Richly illustrated and lyrical, this book is an enjoyable read. This illustrated story book drastically changes our normal perception of the bogeyman and this is what makes it quite interesting. It is a reminder to all that what society perceives as the most evil of villains may still deserve some form of redemption.