Not because I have huge affection for the movie—I have some affection for it, but I'm not, like, passionate about it or anything—but because if a new one happens, that'll kick off a whole new round of Josh chasing me around the house while saying "COME TO DADDY!!" in the super-creepy way that the possessed father (Or is it the uncle wearing the father's face? I forget.) does in the original movie:
He really does do a spot-on impersonation. It's so grodily creepy.
Put all of your usual critical smarts to work. Look at characterization, plot construction, pacing, dialogue, voice, etc. But also let the book teach you how to read it. Instead of scoffing at the impossibility when Bingo and J’miah start to talk, ask yourself, “Is this what an East Texas bayou raccoon would say, if an East Texas bayou raccoon could talk?”
At the moment, my patron base appears to skew more retiree than preschooler.
I do have some preschoolers, and in particular, a pair of 3-year-old twins who are OBSESSED with Sophie's Squash.
Every week they come in, and every week one of them spots it, and every week, that kicks off a tagteam of, "Sophie!" "Squash!" "Sophie!" "Squash!" and then their mom saying something along the lines of, "I know you love Sophie, but you have to let the OTHER kids get a chance with her!"
And then they get distracted by the toybox, and the moment passes.