Grades PreK - 3
Grade level Equivalent: 2.3
Lexile® Measure: 430L
Guided Reading: J
Type of Book: Read-Aloud Book
- Fables, Folk Tales and Myths
- Ghosts, Monsters, Vampires, Witches
- Magic and Supernatural
About This Book
Do you like scary stories? Do think it's fun to be scared? Then these seven short and spooky stories are for you. Just be warned that in some of them there are ghosts, and in others skeletons that talk. In one tale, a trio of corpses come to life in a graveyard, and in another, a woman refuses to tell her husband why it is that she always wears a green ribbon around her neck — though it has something to do with keeping her head attached to her body!
In his foreword, author Alvin Schwartz makes clear that these stories are meant to be read aloud, and for a full, scary effect, he suggests that they be read at night — in the dark if possible — and above all else, "s-l-o-w-l-y and quietly." The stories are based on a number of sources, from folktales to traditional songs, and as Alvin Schwartz retells them, they all share the same playful creepiness. Dirk Zimmer's illustrations walk the fine line between grim and hilarious and only add to the good time young readers and listeners will have while scaring themselves silly.
"Now all second graders have their own collection of spooky stories — seven traditional tales retold in simple language . . . . Not a ghost of a chance of keeping this on the shelves." — School Library Journal