On beautiful day a lady comes into the town of Baraboo, Wisconsin and she stops first at a cafe named Birdies. Once inside the cafe the young waitress, Abby, notices the lady is new in town and she asks the lady where she is from. The lady said her name is Sara Flutterbye and she is a scientist and professor at the university in the big city. Sara says she has come to this town to visit the Spooky Woods in search of a giant butterfly.
Abby is concerned and introduces Sara to another young waitress, her friend Leisha. They tell Leisha why Sara is in town. And, Sara says she plans on camping in the Spooky Woods while looking for the butterfly. This news concerns the girls and they try to convince Sara not to go there, but she is determined.
Sara heads off to the Spooky Woods where she sets up camp with a campfire and her tent.
That night after the girls get off work and they are at Leisha’s home, they open the window and whistle for their friend. In flies a beautiful red-winged butterfly named Tanger. The girls talk to Tanger and tell him about Sara and her plans. Tanger promises to watch out for Sara.
Sara begins to settle into her night in the woods and unknown to her there is a Boogey Man lurking nearby in the woods to get her. Tanger is nearby Sara and sees as the Boogey Man attacks Sara and carries her to his home in the swamp.
Tanger flies back to the girls, who actually have magic necklaces that turn them into large, magic butterflies. Together they rush to save Sara. The girls pick Sara up and start to fly home, the Boogey Man tries to stop them as Tanger flies straight into his eye. The Boogey Man is killed as the girls drop a large boulder on him and he falls into the swamp and straight into a waiting alligator who is happy to rid the Spooky Woods of the terrifying Boogey Man.
Sara soon puts the pieces together as the girls show her their necklaces and tell the story of their grandmother’s passing the butterfly powers onto them. Sara leaves the small town and heads back to the city.
Sara writes the girls a letter and says thank you for what they had one for her and to tell Tanger thank you too. Supposedly there is an office in the university of a Sara Flutterbye and the walls are lined with pictures of butterflies and one of herself and 2 young girls and a little red streak sitting on Leisha’s shoulder.
This was a delightful book for any girl aged 8 and up. It is full of suspense and a lot of imagination. I believe any little girl would love it.
The illustrator is Natalie Krug and she does a good job of drawing the objects in this book. The book is a thin paperback with 46 pages.
I would recommend it highly as a good read.