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Groundwood Books

What There Is Before There Is Anything There

A Scary Story

Written by Liniers • Translated by Elisa Amado

For kids 4 - 7 years old | Published September 01, 2014 | ISBN 9781554983858
JUVENILE FICTION / Bedtime & Dreams

Cover of What There Is Before There Is Anything There

Regular price $18.95 CAD

24 pages | 8.25 in × 7.875 in
Print Format

About this book

What There Is Before There Is Anything There

A Scary Story

Liniers • Elisa Amado

Every night when his parents turn off the light, strange creatures descend from the black space where the ceiling used to be… First comes one, then another and then more and more. They stand all around him, staring, not saying a word. And then, worst of all comes the dark shapeless one that tells him, “I am what there is before there is anything there…”

Liniers’ art, reminiscent of Hergé and other great comic book artists, portrays the little boy’s growing terror and his frantic dash for his parents’ bedroom. Combined with hand-lettering, it creates the feeling of a graphic novel for very young readers.

Destined to become a classic about nighttime fears (like Paul Galdone’s The Teeny-Tiny Woman), this story will resonate with young children who are afraid of the dark, who might be reassured to see that although the little boy’s fears don’t go away, he does find a way to cope with them.

About the Creators


Liniers is a cartoonist from Argentina who was born in Buenos Aires in 1973. His work has appeared internationally in newspapers, books and magazines, including Rolling Stone and Spirou. He has created a daily comic strip for the Argentine newspaper La Nación for more than ten years. His US children’s book debut, The Big Wet Balloon, was recently published in English and Spanish editions, was named a Parents Best Book of the Year and received starred reviews from Kirkus and the Horn Book. Liniers enjoys travel and often accompanies his musician-friend Kevin Johansen on tour. He lives with his family in Buenos Aires.

Elisa Amado

Elisa Amado is a Guatemalan-born author and translator. Her books have been on the Américas Award Commended List and on USBBY’s Outstanding International Books List. She lives in Toronto.

Awards and Praise

"Fear is the new fun, and Jon Klassen and Lemony Snicket's The Dark has an impressive rival." — Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

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