One particular evening before Halloween, a carnival arrives in the dead of night with a cast of sinister characters headed by the Illustrated Man, Mr Dark. As well as disturbing entertainment, they offer the town’s folk their deepest desires for the foulest price. The two boys discover this malicious intent and from there on a game of cat and mouse plays out as the carnival sets off to lure the boys to their doom.

A great story, full of suspense, twists and a seriously creepy atmosphere. Available in store and online.

This is Briggs at his perverse and subversive finest. It helps to have a warped sense of humor and a literary background. Best known for his more conventional children’s books such as The Snowman, Briggs, like Roald Dahl, has an uncanny sense of what really appeals to children — gross stuff and toilet humor. Combine that rudimentary appeal with a very adult level of punning and an endearing melancholy and you have Fungus.

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