You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Scary Tales to Read Together Paperback – Aug 1 2009
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PreSchool-Grade 3—This fourth installment in the innovative series invites young readers once again to share its whimsical vignettes (written in dialogue) with a peer or an adult. Perfect for Halloween, the stories all revolve around monsters, goblins, zombies, and ghouls. The selections are short, each running across a spread, and "voices" are color-coded and carefully positioned on the page so readers know when it's their turn. Despite its title, the book is hardly engineered to keep any child awake at night. Emberley's illustrations depict friendly fiends with lopsided smiles and silly features, and the fear/gross-out factors in the text are almost nonexistent. A solid choice for most libraries.—Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC
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The fourth uproarious poetry picture book in Hoberman and Emberley's popular You Read to Me, I'll Read to You series continues the pattern of simple, rhyming, illustrated stories for two voices. This time, though, the stories are not playful, fractured versions of old rhymes and tales; they are new shivery tales to read together. The clear words with gorgeously gruesome, comic-style pictures tell of wild action and monster characters as lurid as they come--ghouls, ogres, zombies, skeletons, phantoms--all of them readers. In one double-page spread, the ghost and the mouse living together in a house are enemies, scared of each other, until they make up and read together. One spread is "Trick or Treat," and of course, this collection is a must for Halloween sharing. Gory rhymes with story. Hazel Rochman
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These tales are not too scary for my son; they're meant for young children.
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I find this book appropriate and fun for readers of all ages. Adults will enjoy it just as much as children. I read this book with the focus of using it with young English learners. You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Scary Tales to Read Together meets that goal very well due to the color-coded words, large print, rhyme, alliteration, and illustrations that compliment the text on each page. Children can easily relate to and will enjoy the haunted characters and events. Older readers and adults will appreciate the humor as well. The illustrations are detailed and full of color bring each vampire, mummy, witch, goblin, skeleton, ghost, and ghoul to life.
As I mentioned before, I would recommend this book to readers of all ages. Children will enjoy the scary subject matter, tone set in two voices, rhythm and rhyme, and the kid-friendly illustrations. Older readers will enjoy being the characters, as they will laugh at the humor twisted in with the fright. I look forward to using this with my fourth grade students during the month of October for some read-aloud fun!
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