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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (edition 2010)

by Alvin Schwartz, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)

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Title:Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Authors:Alvin Schwartz
Other authors:Brett Helquist (Illustrator)
Info:HarperCollins (2010), Edition: Ill, Hardcover, 128 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:non-fiction, folk lore, scary, Halloween, campfires, pj, er

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The original editions of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series are a great gateway into horror for younger readers who can stomach Stephen Gammell's infamous illustrations. Even for older readers, they can be a source of terrific nostalgia (for those of us who read these books while growing up), a nice source of information on ghost stories and legends (the bibliography in back is a bit imperfect, but it's nonetheless informative), and a nice little read in its own right. No matter how old you are, you can appreciate Gammell's artwork as unique, darkly beautiful, legendary and terrifying. A great collection to have in any horror reader's library. ( )
  jcompton | Sep 3, 2014 |
Scary Stories To Tell in The Dark by Alvin Schwartz, Brett Helquist (Illustrator) Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication date: 7/27/2010 Pages: 113 Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a book composed of serveral spooky tales that will make your skin crawl. It is a fun book for kids who want to get their heart pumping, but not too scary to keep them awake at night. A fun book for campfires and late night tales.
  joey_spencer | May 13, 2014 |
Contents: Stories include: 1. The Big Toe, 2. The Walk, 3. "What Do You Come For?", 4. Me Tie Dough-ty Walker!, 5. A Man Who Lived in Leeds, 6. Old Woman All Skin and Bone, 7. The Thing, 8. Cold as Clay, 9. The White Wolf, 10. The Haunted House, 11. The Guests, 12. The Hearse Song, 13. The Girl Who Stood on a Grave, 14. A New Horse, 15. Alligators, 16. Room for One More, 17. The Wendigo, 18. The Dead Man's Brains, 19. "May I Carry Your Basket?", 20. The Hook, 21. The White Satin Evening Gown, 22. High Beams, 23. The Babysitter, 24. The Viper, 25. The Attic, 26. The Slithery-Dee, 27. Aaron Kelly's Bones, 28. Wait til Martin Comes, 29. The Ghost with the Bloody Fingers.
  lulaa | May 11, 2014 |
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. ( )
  Mad.River.Librarian | Apr 23, 2014 |
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. ( )
  Honanb | Mar 17, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0064401707, Paperback)

This spooky addition to Alvin Schwartz's popular books on American folklore is filled with tales of eerie horror and dark revenge that will make you jump with fright.

There is a story here for everyone -- skeletons with torn and tangled flesh who roam the earth; a ghost who takes revenge on her murderer; and a haunted house where every night a bloody head falls down the chimney.

Stephen Gammell's splendidly creepy drawings perfectly capture the mood of more than two dozen scary stories -- and even scary songs -- all just right for reading alone or for telling aloud in the dark.

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Stories of ghosts and witches, "jump" stories, scary songs, and modern-day scary stories.

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