Tuesday, September 21, 2010

How brave are you?

Scary Stories to Tell in the DarkThey're the same great scary stories collected by Alvin Schwartz that have become known as classic horror tales for young readers, but HarperCollins has released this latest edition with new illustrations by Brett Helquist.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is one of ALA’s most frequently challenged books apparently because of violence, occult/Satanic content, and being unsuited to the age group for which they were written. I don't see it at all, but it certainly makes it even more intriguing to find out for yourself, right?

Halloween is right around the corner and many young readers like a good scare. They're discovering themselves and digging deep to find out how brave they can be. That's why this book is a great selection for anyone looking for suspense, and spine-tingling fun. Chances are, if a young reader is looking for scary stories, they won't be shocked or frightened by these mildly scary tales, but they will be entertained. Let's face it, our young readers are introduced to things a lot more scarier--the Goosebumps stories come to mind and every classic Scooby-Doo episode.

I think what originally made this collection so scary were the original illustrations by Stephen Gammell. Although Brett Helquist offers a milder introduction to the world of horror, his black and white illustrations are still frightfully fun and add to the chill factor of each story of witches, graves and ghosts. Banned Books Week is creeping up on us and celebrates the freedom to choose, so choose Scary Stories and get in the right mind set for Halloween. 

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins; Ill edition (July 27, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0060835192
ISBN-13: 978-0060835194
Source of review copy: Publisher
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