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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 430L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (October 2, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064440907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064440905
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1–3—This collection of short stories (HarperCollins, 1984) retold by Alvin Schwartz are just creepy enough to give youngsters shivers without causing nightmares. The seven tales were collected from a variety of sources and include some classics such as "The Green Ribbon" (holding on a severed head) and "The Night It Rained" (a man discovers that his hitchhiker was a ghost). Dirk Zimmer performs the stories in a sepulchral tone with a measured pace and different voices for the characters. Background music is light and seems deliberately designed to lessen the scary mood. This Level 2 I Can Read book is perfect for younger children who are constantly pestering the librarian for "something scary."—Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Alvin Schwartz is known for his more than two dozen books of folklore for young readers that explore everything from wordplay and humor to tales and legends of all kinds. Don't miss his other Scary Stories collections, including More Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark and Scary Stories 3.



Gregory Maguire was born in Albany, New York. He received his doctorate at Tufts University and has lived in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, as well as Dublin and London.

He has been a fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the Blue Mountain Center.


More About the Author

Alvin Schwartz is known for a body 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. His collections of scary stories -- Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, Scary Stories 3, and two I Can Read Books, In A Dark, Dark Room and Ghosts! -- are just one part of his matchless folklore collection.

Customer Reviews

This is one of the first books I remember reading as a kid and it freaked me out so much!
Kathy Reyes
If you want to let your little ones read scary stories then these are the type of books for them to start with.
Day Tripper
Bought it as a gift for my girlfriend because this was one of her favorite childhood books - she loved it!
DonDraper

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By kml on September 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
I'm nineteen years old, and I still remember the day I found this book in my school library when I was six. I was enamoured, and checked it out numerous times before another student lost it. I was a bookworm as a child, having read hundreds of books in a matter of years, and this book still stands as one of the truly unforgettable books I read in my youth. I believe it is the powerful imagery of the book that has stuck with me all these years, and made it impossible for me to forget.

Granted, it is not for everyone, and some children might benefit from reading it at an older age. I remember being slightly perturbed by some of the ideas and nuances presented in the book. However, I doubt highly that it would truly disturb any child that was mature enough to approach the book thoughtfully.

An initial parental reading might be something to consider.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Reyes on September 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is one of the first books I remember reading as a kid and it freaked me out so much! Looking back, the stories aren't anything to get even remotely scared about, but there is something great about this book when you're a kid. I must have read this book 15 times in one year. I still remember the stories, and I've even reminisced about it with my friends. A must have in any childhood.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
I remember when I got this book. It was near Halloween and I had to go to Burlington coat factory with my grandma. I saw this book and asked her if I could get it. She said okay. I was eight years old. I took it back to her house and read it that night. My favorite story was 'The Green Ribbon'. I took it to school with me the following Monday so that my teacher would read it to us and she got excited when she saw 'The Green Ribbon' because it was a story she was looking for that was told to her when she was a child. I love this book and I recommend it to you, but I do think that if you're a parent, you might want to see if your child can handle some of these stories. Aside from that, this is a fine bit of literature and will be cherished by many people for years to come.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
I remember first looking at this book after my Kindergarten teacher had finished reading it. I loved it so much and I remember thinking it was the most wonderful book in the world. I had totally forgotten what the title of the book was and it wasn't until recently that I stumbled upon it and bought it. The stories are great and sometimes a bit humorous if you have a morbid sense of humor that is. Anyway, I now read it to my little brother and he loves it. This is one of those scary story books that's scary, but not too scary to keep kids up at night. It's an excellent investment to make and it's something I'm almost positive a child will treasure forever.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By TheDarkRoom on February 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
I remember when I was about 4-6 I would read this book endlessly, and it would always scare the crap out of me, especially THE GREEN RIBBON. I couldn't go to sleep at night because of that story, and as a result, it sticks out the most in my mind. And now, looking back on the stories, they still seem scary! I'm 13 now, and don't scare very easily, but these stories scare me, and I love them! A few years ago my parents shelved this book, and I'm searching through many rooms (not dark, thankfully) to find it. I like the book that much, and I recommend this to everybody, and I mean EVERYBODY! HAIL ALVIN SCHWARTZ!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mom from Spanaway on November 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
My 6 year old son loved this book so much he couldn't put it down! It was very refreshing to find a book that is different from the usual happy-sappy children's books. It was spooky enough to keep him interested but not so scary that it frightened him.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ian on September 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
When I was young I loved all things scary. No book with a weird or spooky premise was safe at my school library; 'World's Greatest Monsters' still lays on a shelf somewhere in my house with my school's stamp on it. I hope no angry librarians find this review. This love of the macabre and strange follows me to this day, and I don't think any one man helped to foster that more Alwin Schwartz. This little tome, along with 'Bony Legs' and the 'Scary Stories' series, not only encouraged me to read but helped me confront fear. I think the reason a lot of us read scary stories when we're young is to confront fear. Its really the same reson we watch horror movies or read Peter Straub when we get older. I said all of that in order to adress some of the reviews I've seen on this product.

I know there is a compulsion from parents to kind of shield scary images. But at some point people have to be introduced to this kind of thing. It's good for you! Television is ten times worse than what is in this book. This book introduces the reader to folk tails from other cultures, hauntingly simple illustrations, and great little scary tales. These are the types of stories kids heard around the fire side 100 years ago.

That being said, this book stands the test of time for me. And hey, remember, sometimes a little dose of fear is good =)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Josephine Blacksmith on November 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
I beseech you, my friends. Heed not the reckless screechings of that random stranger. He knew not of what he spoke. In truth, this lost soul was truly petrified by the delightfully cherishable stories given to us by Mr. Schwartz in this small book with its bright and fanciful decor. The stories will stay with you for years. Whether it is read on a sunned porch, reclined toward the open sea with the sun glaring down lustfully upon your browning skin, or whether you're huddled in the corner of a dark and dank cabin shack that quivers and shakes with the roaring, rainy gale that all but engulfs you and all that surrounds you. I recommend this book to all who can appreciate a pleasant chill now and again. Indeed it is appropriate for ALL ages. ALL, says I. I had first read it long ago and will read it evermore... and even after that...
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