A good children's book—like a strong smell or a favorite song—brings back viseral, formative memories. And many of the books that stick out so strongly in our minds are memorable because their themes are relevant and important at all stages of our lives.
If you look at any “scary” books for kids now they are all colorful and cutesy. The cover art alone is creepy enough to bring on some nightmares. This was THE book to check out from the library in October in elementary school.