Waiting to jump out and say BOO! at someone is scary.
Thinking you're not going to be picked for either side is scary.
Playing hide-and-deek when you're it and you can't find anyone is scary.
I think a lot of my students could connect to the situations in this book. Unfortunately, I think the illustrations might turn a number of them off. Perhaps a result of production, the illustrations appear dated and faded. Not something you'd expect from a picture book published in the year 2000.