These stories scared the pants off me when I was a kid, and frankly, they're just as creepy now. The illustrations are an important component, and if they weren't included, I think the freaky factor would decrease exponentially.
Arrives by Mon, Oct 21
The iconic anthology series of horror tales that's now a feature film!
A classic collection of chillingly scary tales, collected and retold by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by renowned artist Brett Helquist (illustrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events and more!).
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark contains some of the most alarming tales of horror, dark revenge, and supernatural events of all time. Walking corpses, dancing bones, knife-wielding madmen, and narrow escapes from death--they're all here in this chilling collection of ghost stories. Make sure you read these books with the light ON!
And don't miss More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Scary Stories 3!
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Telling these to students in a darkened library has them at the edge of their seats (and some curled up against the back walls) even in 2013, when it seems like even my elementary school students are watching The Walking Dead and World War Z. The illustrations by Stephen Gammell are every bit as good, adding a macabre element that will live kids' skin crawling. These are must-haves for every library, sure to fly off the shelves year round, but particularly at Halloween time.
Schwartz's collection of folk tales is scary but wonderful. A childhood wouldn't be complete without Gammell's chilling illustrations and the creepy folk tales, songs and stories that Schwartz presents. The book features big toes for supper, rotted flesh and bloody heads falling from the chimney, wolves that tear throats, and skeletal corpses that chase men in the night. The stories aren't inappropriate however, some of the stories are lighthearted and meant for campfires and sleepovers. Most children enjoy being scared through the safety of a book, and the details in the stories are never too graphic for the age of the audience. The text is meant to be read aloud and is large and well spaced, and the vocabulary is easy as well. Hearse songs, haunts and wendigos are among the reasons so many people have challenged this book, but these stories are based on traditional folktales and urban legends that have been told to children for over a century in some cases, and they are deeply rooted in our culture. The book is ensuring that they will be passed along to the next generation.
I really liked this book even thought it might not be appropriate for all children because of the scary nature of the stories. Each story was told in a very entertaining way and the text even wrote notes for the reader to do while reading this story to other people. For example, in one story, the text is written like a poem and towards the end of the story there is a not for the reader telling him to "Jump at your friends and scream: AAAHHHH!" I really thought this was a great way to get the reader and the audience involved and engaged in the stories that were being told. I also really enjoyed the different type of writing styles that were throughout this book. While some stories were written in the traditional story format other were in poem format or were written in verses of songs. The different types of writing styles that were in this collection of stories really made it interesting for the reader and also when they were reading the stores to their friends. The illustrations that were throughout each story were really well done and added a lot to the 'creepiness' of each story while also giving readers a little help if they had trouble picturing something that the story was talking about such as zombies. Although this book did not have an overall message because it was a collection of different folktales, the theme of the book was all scary stories that were intended to make children be more careful when doing this like walking through the woods or meeting strangers like some of the stories suggested in the book. I really enjoyed reading this book and thought that this would be a very enjoyable book for children to read if they were not afraid of scary things.
This is a wonderful little collection of stories that are chilling and, at times, rather funny. A blend of urban legends and folk tales of ghosts and other creatures of the night and a series of sketches that are as ''scary'' as the stories they accompany create a result that is perfect for Halloween, for a cold winter's night or a stormy summer evening.
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