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More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Paperback – August 24, 2010

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"Guaranteed to make your teeth chatter and your spinetingle." -- -- School Library Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.



Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Bedtime for Bear, which he also wrote, to the New York Times–bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket to the glorious picture book adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Scary Stories
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (August 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060835222
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060835224
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This is a revised edition of a book that was part of a series so famously gruesome that it was the most frequently challenged book of the nineties. This was not because of the stories themselves, which are mostly retellings of pretty well known urban legends and ghost stories, but because of the ORIGINAL artwork by Stephen Gammell.

Those illustrations are so lurid, frightening, and demented that several of them frighten me to this day, as an adult.

Helquist is a talented artist to be sure, but don't make the mistake of purchasing this new edition of More Scary Stories if you are truly looking to be scared: invest in an older copy: You won't regret it. (Unless of course you are buying it for a small child or nightmare-prone preteen, in which case I would NOT recommend the older editions.)
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Format: Hardcover
PLEASE READ!

This collection of folklore is absolutely wonderful. Alvin Schwartz writes in a style that is both easy to read and has a lasting effect that tells the story in a unique way for readers of all ages.

But...

I am VERY disappointed in the artwork. I have the original copies that were printed in the early 90's with illustrations by Steven Gammell. If you wish to see a some examples of his works, here are some links:

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http://www.amazon.com/Scary-Stories-Tales-Chill-Bones/dp/0060217944/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1286345351&sr=1-8

I'm not knocking Brett Helquist; his style is well suited for "Series of Unfortunate Events" but not Alvin Schwartz' "Scary Stories" collection. Some reviewers wrote that this collection was not scary at all; I beg to differ....

The reason the stories are scary is because of the ART! There's the overused saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words" ... that sums up Steven Gammell. I first read these books in third grade and they stuck with me ever since, simply because of the terribly gruesome and disturbing imagery. The stories by themselves are uninteresting and honestly, Brett Helquist's illustrations do not give this book series justice whatsoever!!

I also realize that the older copies that have Steven Gammell's illustrations are hard to find here on Amazon. This saddens me... If you happen to find the originals, PLEASE buy them. You won't regret it.

See for yourself. You make the judgement call.
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Format: Paperback
Kindergarten and first-grade students love story time. However, this summer I am teaching children who have completed third grade. They have that "I'm too cool to have a story read to me" attitude. That is until one of my students checked this book out of the library. Every day they would beg me to read stories from the book -- and not just one, but two, three or four. They would grab their chairs and circle as close as they could to me. One of the students would always run and turn out the lights to help with the atmosphere. Using different voices, many pauses and the build up of suspense, I was able to scare the living bejeebeez out of them many times. They loved it! Thank you for giving me a book that's "cool" for third/fourth grade story time! I would highly recommend it to teachers of grades 3-6.
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Format: Hardcover
Alvin Schwartz's stories always played second fiddle to Stephen Gammell's art. Without it, this book is not worth anyone's time or money. Avoid it and seek the originals.
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Format: Paperback
These three books meant the world to me growing up, and a lot of my creative imagination I owe to these three books. I recently went to purchase these and was shocked at the whitewashing of these 30 some-odd year old books' art. What made the originals so unique was the absolutely masterful art that went with the stories. What a shame. Shame on the publisher and shame on the increasingly paranoid society that thinks that anything legitimately scary or unnerving should be locked away somewhere, never to see the light of day.

Find the originals. One tattered page of the originals is better than the whole series of this spineless crap.
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Format: Paperback
The students at my school absolutely LOVE this book! It's one of the most popular ghost story books in my library collection. I've ordered the newest version as well, but for some reason the students still check out the older, beat up copy more. I'm keeping this book as long as it holds together.
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This book, along with the first book and the third, are nostalgic for me. However, be careful when buying the books. I heard that the new ones don't have the original artwork, which is one of the reasons I enjoy these books, even as an adult. I bought it used, and while skimming through the stories, of course they are going to be a bit more cheesy than how you remember them as a child. The audience is for kids, but I still love to sit and read these from time to time just to remember how I felt as a kid.

I hope to read these to my kids one day and hopefully they'll enjoy them just as much.
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Format: Paperback
This is NOT the original version of the book! If you are a fan of the original with Stephen Gammell's twisted imagery, and are purchasing mostly for that aspect, don't fall for buying this. The illustrations by Bret Helquist in the newer editions do not hold up as good accompaniment to the stories, they are too mild and unimaginative. Please avoid buying this if you have respect at all for the older artwork and believe it should not be censored.
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