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More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Paperback – August 24, 2010
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.)
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.
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:
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.
Find the originals. One tattered page of the originals is better than the whole series of this spineless crap.
I hope to read these to my kids one day and hopefully they'll enjoy them just as much.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent. Just as I remember. Get the original art bf they ban it forever.Published 11 days ago by magictgee
I loved these books as a kid, was happy to find the originals to share with my sons!Published 1 month ago by Courtney L.
I don't know why there are so many HATERS of these books but I'll tell them one thing--they're DEAD WRONG when they say horrible things like waste of your money or awful or... Read morePublished 7 months ago by materialgirl8707