Books for Kids to Read – Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark – BigKidSmallCity Book Reviews

This is Felicia and this review is of Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark!

I was absolutely delighted to find all the original copies of Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark at Half Price Books yesterday for a dollar each. As a child, I remember being terrified by all of the retold folklore stories.

Alan Schwartz has a style that is very easy to read and his words have a haunting, lasting effect, and paired with illustrator Stephen Gammell, who draws some of the sickest, creepiest pencil pictures, this book is a win for taking on camping trips or for Halloween night stories.

Folklore stories included in this trilogy are “The Hook”, “The Girl Who Stood on the Grave” and “The Bus Stop”. Although these books scared the bejeezus out of me when I was a child, my kids are a little savvier. Aylen usually pats my hand and says, “Think about that. Could that really happen?” Kids these days.

There are two versions of this book, with the original being the best one.  Gammell’s illustrations are the ingredient for the fear inspired by these tales. The second version has illustrations by Brett Helquist, who did the illustrations for Lemony Snicket’s series, A Series of Unfortunate Events.  While he was a perfect fit for the Lemony Snicket  series, his drawings fall flat in this newer adaptation.  Buy this out of print series on Amazon just in time for Halloween night!

Go HERE to get the book on Amazon.  Or, better yet, shop local and head to Brazos Bookstore.  If you mention you saw this review on BigKidSmallCity, you will get a discount… and get to read the book immediately!


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