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Alvin Schwartz (1) (1927–1992)

Author of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

For other authors named Alvin Schwartz, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Alvin Schwartz was born April 25, 1927.Schwartz began his career as a journalist, but, after the publication of his bestselling book A Twister of Twists, a Tangler of Tongues, he devoted himself to becoming a collector and arranger of folk wisdom, rhyme, and silliness. Schwartz is known for a body show more of work of more than two dozen books of folklore for young readers that explore everything from wordplay and humor to tales and legends of all kinds. Schwatz is best known for the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series, which featured gruesome, nightmarish illustrations by Stephen Gammell. The series was America's most frequently challenged book (or book series) for library inclusion of 1990-1999. Alvin Schwartz died in Princeton, New Jersey on March 14, 1992. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Alvin Schwartz

There Is a Carrot in My Ear and Other Noodle Tales (1982) — Retold by — 657 copies
Stories to Tell a Cat (1992) 58 copies
Telling Fortunes (1987) 18 copies
Rainy Day Book (1968) 14 copies
Hobbies (1972) 12 copies
When I Grew Up Long Ago (1978) 10 copies
Going Camping (1969) 6 copies
Stores (1977) 1 copy

Associated Works

Beware! (2002) — Contributor — 231 copies
Scary Stories to Read When It's Dark (2000) — Contributor — 100 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, April 1975 (1975) — Contributor — 4 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 3, November 1978 (1978) — Contributor — 1 copy


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Zev, this one has the story with the girl who takes a warm bath after her face feels awful. It's called "The Red Spot."
Four stars of nostalgia. The review I left for the first book in this series, "Scary Stories to tell in the Dark" fits here, too. Some of the stories are still spine-tingling! These still do hold up after all these years. I hope kids delight in them as much as I did.
iszevthere | 24 other reviews | May 15, 2024 |
Four stars of nostalgia. The first book in this series, "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" review I wrote applies here, too.
iszevthere | 35 other reviews | May 15, 2024 |
Four stars for nostalgia. What a great way to show little kids how to tell a horror story! These were truly scary to me as a kid, and I loved reciting them to others. I misremembered some of them actually, and was fascinated to read them again. I recognized several from their "adult" or original versions, and was pleased. It would explain why, when I heard them as an adult, I thought "these sound familiar" but couldn't figure out why. It's because I read retellings as a kid.

I congratulate the author on his success, and am thrilled that he added a bibliography, notes and sources. I congratulate the illustrator on his success as well! I remembered the drawings as being far more detailed and creepy, but yeah, I am probably thinking of other books. I still really enjoyed the illustrations.

I hope these books continue to be widely read and the stories recited.
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iszevthere | 86 other reviews | May 15, 2024 |
I missed reading this book when I was younger. It was published in 1984, and by then I was a young teen, and not interested in I Can Read books. I saw a clip on TikTok about this collection of stories recently and had to check it out. If only it had come out a few years earlier. My creepy little soul would have loved it.

I checked out the original 1984 edition from the library, though there is also an updated edition with new artwork. My favorite stories are: “The Teeth” (mainly for the creepy artwork); “The Green Ribbon” (ominous and scary); and “The Night It Rained” (sad, unsettling, spooky). “The Pirate” was pretty good too. The other three stories were fine, but could have used a little something more. All of them had great pictures.… (more)
bookofsecrets | 11 other reviews | Jan 10, 2024 |



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