Title: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Author: Alvin Schwartz
Illustrator: Brett Helquist
Rating: 3 Stars
This spooky addition to Alvin Schwartz's popular books on American folklore is filled with tales of eerie horror and dark revenge that will make you jump with fright. There is a story here for everyone -- skeletons with torn and tangled flesh who roam the earth; a ghost who takes revenge on her murderer; and a haunted house where every night a bloody head falls down the chimney. Stephen Gammell's splendidly creepy drawings perfectly capture the mood of more than two dozen scary stories -- and even scary songs -- all just right for reading alone or for telling aloud in the dark.If You Dare!
When originally published, the illustrations were done by Stephen Gammell, but the version I read had updated illustrations by Brett Helquist - also known as the guy who illustrated the Series of Unfortunate Events books. Just thought I'd put that out there.
I read this as a group read with a facebook group I am in (The Booket List - come check them out if you're in the mood to join a really fun great book group!)
So, you can imagine that these stories are about as scary as a hangnail for grownups. If you read the book as an adult, you are probably not going to be scared. That being said - this was a fun and quick book to read. The stories are fun and at some points even funny. Yes, I said it - I laughed at some of these stories. But I am 38, and was reading this book for fun and not really expecting to be scared.
If you have kids who love to be scared and who love a good spooky story, this would be a great book to read with them!
There is literally no character development here, and no plot to anything because these stories are all less then 5 pages. So don't go into this thinking you're going to be reading some deep stories here, because you're not. Just go into this with the expectation of having some (rather cheesy) fun. While you're at it, use this as an opportunity to be like me and try to scare some kids you love. (IF you feel they can handle it.)