“A little girl asked me at my last school visit, “Mr. Peterson, why are your books so creepy?” It’s a good question. My answer to her: “Isn’t life creepy sometimes? Aren’t you ever scared when the lights go out? Have you ever heard your parents talk about bad things happening in the world?” She and all the other kids nodded gravely. The room got quiet. The story wouldn’t ring true if it was all light and no shadow. Of all people, children know the world is broken. Sometimes I wonder if they see it better than grownups because they’re young enough yet to see the goodness for how good it really is.”