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Think very hard before you get this book.,
This review is from: In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories (I Can Read! Reading 2) (Paperback)
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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Initial post: Nov 20, 2009, 10:44:55 AM PST
L. baggett says:
I hate scary movies, I think they are demonic and I hate scary tales. BUT, this book was read to me when I was in !kindergarten! and even though it very much freaked me out as a child, at the same time, I loved it and it is one of those books that sticks with you for your whole life and I would love to get my hands on one again today because, though scary, it is filled with great stories! I am 21 years old now and I still remember this story, and I don't think of how scared it made me feel, I think of how great the stories were.
Posted on Aug 29, 2012, 11:06:16 AM PDT
THE COVER STATES SCARY STORIES. WHAT DID YOU THINK WOULD BE INSIDE? AND YOU SHOULD HAVE PREVIEWED THE BOOK BEFORE PURCHASE THAT IS YOUR DUTY AS A PARENT--RESEARCH FIRST BUY AFTER. THIS BOOK IS SO BASIC FOR A CHILD WHO READS INDEPENDENTLY. PERHAPS YOU'D GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY: (NON-HORROR)
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs [Hardcover]
Judi Barrett (Author), Ronald Barrett (Illustrator)
ALSO I WAS THRILLED TO DISCOVER:Pickles to Pittsburgh: The Sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs [Hardcover]Judi Barrett (Author), Ronald Barrett (Illustrator) VERY EXPRESSIVE PHOTOS
AND Rumpelstiltskin [Paperback] Paul O. Zelinsky (Adapter, Illustrator), Brothers Grimm (Author) THE PICTURES ARE BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED.
CHILDREN MUST BE TAUGHT AT AN EARLY AGE AS I WAS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FICTION AND REALITY. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED WITH SCARY STORIES. BE REALISTIC. HELICOPTER PARENTING ALWAYS BACKFIRES.
THESE ARE NIGHTMARE WORTHY FOR AGE 5: Scary Stories Trio (3 Books) (Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark; More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark; Scary Stories 3: More Tales To Chill Your Bones). AND THE GOOSEBUMPS BOOKS BY R.L. STINE USUALLY FOR AGE 9+
KIDS ARE STRONGER THAN YOU THINK, THEY ARE NOT SOFT AS BUTTER FOREVER. BUT THEY WILL BE IF YOU CONTINUE BABYING THEM. IF A CHILD AGE 6-8 CAN'T HANDLE THIS BOOK. YOU'VE GOT MORE TO WORRY ABOUT THAN YOU REALIZE.
THIS BOOK INTRIGUED ME AS A CHILD. IT ENCOURAGED ME TO READ MORE. AND I GET EVERY CHILD DIFFERS IN SENSITIVITY. I WAS A SENSITIVE CHILD, BUT DESPITE THAT IT STILL ENCOURAGED TO BECOME A VORACIOUS READER IN MY CHILDHOOD AND BEYOND.
I WILL NOT BE AN ENABLER OF COWARDICE FOR FICTION.
Posted on Oct 31, 2014, 4:03:33 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 31, 2014, 4:04:22 PM PDT
I agree with you about this book. My kindergartener stumbled upon this book in her classroom. She read the Green Ribbon during silent reading time. Of course I didn't know she was reading this until I was driving and she randomly asked me why old people's heads fall off when they get old ... Of course this question lead to other questions and now I'm on Amazon researching what this book is and why my kid was allowed to read this book.
So as a parent I am still very upset at books like this that gets rave reviews and then ends up in the library of a kindergarten classroom. I appreciate your review and I think it is spot on regarding the age appropriateness suggestion.
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