Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Alvin Schwartz
Illustrator: Victor Rivas
This is a compilation of seven chilling tales to read aloud or memorize and tell around the campfire. In the first story, a boy walking home in the evening meets three men with unusually long teeth that frighten him home. In the second, a plump woman sitting in a graveyard looks upon some corpses and considers the thin fate awaiting her after her own demise. In the third, a green ribbon holds a girls head in place until one day her husband removes it! Each short story will shiver your spine.
This is a very good set of short scary stories for young readers and listeners. The tales are just spooky enough to give a thrill to young imaginations without sparking nightmares. The illustrations are bright with a comedic edge to lend some laughter to each page. At the end of the book is a short history of each story's origin which may lead to a good discussion on the origins of scary stories and their possible purpose through generations. This is a solid source for spooky thrills.