Scarlett Angelina Wolverton-Manning, written by Jacqueline K. Ogburn, illustrated by Brian Ajhar, Dial Books for Young Readers 1994. (Preschool/Early Elementary)
Scarlett Angelina Wolverton-Manning is a beautiful Halloween book, which is what attracted me to it in the first place. It is also a very funny book, in rather a twisted way, which is why I bought it. I won't give any details because I don't want to give away the story, but the ending is well worth the buildup. I will say that this a wonderfully well-written book, which is not surprising, because Jacqueline K. Ogburn was a children's book editor before she became an author.
As I said, this is a beautiful book, and yet the illustration still seem to be properly sinister -- a delectable combination. Every page is stand-alone wonderful. I'm not sure what other books Brian Ajhar has illustrated, but I would like to find out.