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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: I Can Read; Reprint edition (Oct. 2 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064440907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064440905
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 113 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #76,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alvin Schwartz is known for a body of work of more than two dozen books of folklore for young readers that explore everything from wordplay and humor to tales and legends of all kinds. His collections of scary stories -- Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, More Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, Scary Stories 3, and two I Can Read Books, In A Dark, Dark Room and Ghosts! -- are just one part of his matchless folklore collection.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17 2003
Format: Paperback
I remember first looking at this book after my Kindergarten teacher had finished reading it. I loved it so much and I remember thinking it was the most wonderful book in the world. I had totally forgotten what the title of the book was and it wasn't until recently that I stumbled upon it and bought it. The stories are great and sometimes a bit humorous if you have a morbid sense of humor that is. Anyway, I now read it to my little brother and he loves it. This is one of those scary story books that's scary, but not too scary to keep kids up at night. It's an excellent investment to make and it's something I'm almost positive a child will treasure forever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17 2003
Format: Paperback
I remember first looking at this book after my Kindergarten teacher had finished reading it. I loved it so much and I remember thinking it was the most wonderful book in the world. I had totally forgotten what the title of the book was and it wasn't until recently that I stumbled upon it and bought it. The stories are great and sometimes a bit humorous if you have a morbid sense of humor that is. Anyway, I now read it to my little brother and he loves it. This is one of those scary story books that's scary, but not too scary to keep kids up at night. It's an excellent investment to make and it's something I'm almost positive a child will treasure forever.
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This book contains six very short "scary" stories and one "scary" poem. The stories are actually shortened verions of old folk stories. The poem, which is quite good, was collected from an eight-year-old, but it's unclear as to whether it was authored by that eight-year-old. This is all documented at the end of the book.
There is even a short FOWARD to the book which encourages young readers to TELL these stories. Even though I didn't realize this was part of the book, this is exactly the reason I purchased it--for my students to use in learning storytelling.
Even though shortened for young readers, the stories are complete. And even though they are written so that beginning readers can handle the text, the stories don't suffer. (But, please be ready to help the young reader with a couple of the words!)
Without actually testing the text, I would estimate the readability level to be appropriate for later second grade.
Finally, be advised that these stories DO contain an element of "scariness" that MIGHT play on some childrens' minds.
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By Johnny on April 2 2001
Format: Paperback
okay, so maybe this isn't a very good book for four year olds to be reading (it does have decapitations after all). I seem to remember being about eight years old when I first read it, that seems mature enough. 13-15 year olds are probably (hopefully) beyond this reading level, so scratch that. I wouldn't buy it for my six year old nephew, but I wouldn't buy it for my thirteen year old cousin either.
Think about it though. Most kids who read stuff like this LIKE to be scared. I read it and it kept me up at night. And all night long I thought to myself "why on Earth did I read that." But then I'd get up the next day and read another story, or read a similar book. It's the thrill of being scared.
And this book was a nice introduction to horror. Oddly enough, the story of the beheaded girl didn't chill me, but the story TEETH did. It just really freaked me out, guys with ridiculously big teeth, now that's spooky. As for being concerned with a child talking to strangers, well this story illustrates the DANGERS of doing such. So I don't see any harm there.
Anyway, overall I'd say that this book is pretty solid for a second or third grader, but not a kindergartener. Basically it should be viewed on a case by case basis. If you think your kid can handle it, and they're a fan of this sort of thing, then by all means get it for them. And if they have a nightmare, be a parent and console them. That comes with the job.
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By A Customer on March 29 2000
Format: Paperback
I have always been a fan of scary ghost stories. Half the fun is reading them then having the thrill of telling them to other people. That's why I loved and still love Alvin Schwartz's books. "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" series were my favorite! I remember reading them in third grade and I still read them now! Last week or so I was looking through them and I remembered "In A Dark, Dark Room", also by him. I remembered how much I loved the stories and the illustrations. So I decided to order them from Amazon.com. I just got mine today and I am so glad I ordered it so I could enjoy it all over it again! It's books like this that stay with you your whole life, because you love them since you first read them, and no matter how old you get, they are still some of the most fun experiences in reading you'll ever have. There's a certain magic in childrens' books that have such an effect on people. This book is one of them. Brilliant retelling and brilliant illustrations. I can't wait until Halloween rolls around again so I can take this marvelous book and curl up with it next to a fire. (Of course, I could do that now, too!) Either way, I highly suggest you order this book, no matter how old you are, if you are interested and tickled by stories of hauntings and decapitations and things lurking in the dark.
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