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In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories (I Can Read! Reading 2)
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2006
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2005
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
on October 15, 2000
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2003
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
on November 17, 2005
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
on September 23, 2007
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
on November 6, 2004
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 1999
When I was in the third grade I read this book and now on this day I'm in the tenth grade and I still remember this book as my favorite even though I haven't seen it in years it's a great book and I've been searching for it the book stores don't seem to have it but now here I found it the book is filled with grate stories that your children will love as much as I do my favorite story is the green ribbon.
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27 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2006
This book is pure nightmare material. On the other hand, kids love it. At a playgroup we discovered that four of the kids in the group both obsessively read or listened to this story and had nightmares about it. One was my 5 year old daughter. She had nightmares about it last year for months after reading it at Halloween. This year she had only to glimpse it on the library shelf for the nightmares to start again. It is well written, it certainly does the job of being spooky. I am sure you could cement a lot of new sight words into your child's head with this emotionally rousing easy reader. But do you want to? They don't get to be innocent for that long. I say, stay away from it for the 4-and 5-year-olds. Use with caution with 6s and 7s. Sensitive 8s should avoid it, too. I give it 3 stars because, while very well written, it is not appropriate for its target age group.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2005
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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