It's not every day that my two favorite things are combined so beautifully. When you're a fan of both horror films and picture books, you don't find very many satisfying crossovers. Lenny & Lucy, by the brilliant Erin and Philip Stead, is a stark and softly-suspenseful children's book about a child living in a new house in the woods. And these woods are as lovely, dark and deep as the best of them. To keep the shadows at bay, the child builds a guardian.
When Peter and his father move to a new house, Peter makes Lenny, Guardian of the Bridge, and Lucy, a friend for Lenny, to protect him from the scary things hidden in the woods.