Waga's Big Scare

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Waga isn’t the biggest or hairiest or slimiest monster. But Waga is the trickiest monster with the biggest scare. . . until one night, the scare is missing! If Waga doesn’t find the scare before morning, Waga will disappear for good. Time is running out! Where could the scare be?

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV052000, JUV018000, JUV039050
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 490
Guided Reading Level K
ATOS Reading Level 1.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 152878
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Original artwork and Reviewed


Star Tribune

“For his first children’s book, ’Waga’s Big Scare,’ Minneapolis writer/artist Samuel Hiti has delivered something monstrous just in time for Halloween. Known for populating his graphic novels, including ‘Death-Day’ and ‘Tiempos Finales,’ with all manner of beasts and demons, Hiti sticks with what he knows best, spinning a yarn about a fun little horned fellow who’s lost his scare. ‘Waga isn’t as big, tall, hairy, slimy, scaly, oozy, lumpy, or bumpy as the other monsters,’ Hiti writes. ‘But don’t let that fool you.’ Young readers will love this easy-to-follow adventure as Waga goes on a journey to find his scare. The gorgeous artwork alone is worth the price.” —Star Tribune

Publishers Weekly

“Bringing to mind the oeuvre of Kevin O’Malley, Hiti, a comics artist making his children’s book debut, goes for broad humor—visual slapstick (Waga sliding through a house’s plumbing system), comedic sturm und drang (Waga’s curly ears vibrate in fright at the thought of nonexistence), and urgent asides that make readers complicit in the action (‘Hurry Waga!’ the story urges as Waga races to find his scare before dawn). But while each spread exhibits a loosey-goosey sense of fun and verve (Hiti’s hand-lettered typography has enough personality to get co-star billing), the ultimate takeaway is a series of clever, slightly silly drawings.” —Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

“It’s great as a scary read for Halloween. The artwork is exuberant and grimly amusing, and complements the text well.” —School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“It is evident Hiti comes from the comic-book world. The text is pared down to essential declarations, exclamations and gleeful sound effects in this rapidly paced title. In settings of mostly teal, deep red, white, black and gray, Waga stands out as a brilliantly orange phenom outlined in black that appears to be a combination of a golem, troll and mischievous elf… The ending may leave younger or more sensitive readers unsettled, so save this slim, adrenaline-fueled tale for those who crave a true, if ephemeral, fright.” —Kirkus Reviews

Author, Illustrator: Samuel Hiti

Samuel Hiti is a self-taught artist who likes to draw comic books. His work includes the comic book series Tiempos Finales, Nickelodeon Magazine’s comics adaptation of the film Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, and illustrations for the Life in Ancient Civilizations series (Millbrook, F09). Much of his work has been published by his own publishing company, La Luz Comics. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife and two young children.