In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories Paperback – Oct 2 1985
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From the Back Cover
In a dark, dark room, in a soft, soft voice, tell a scary story--It; s fun! It's fun to scare your friends with stories about ghosts and pirates, skeletons and strange happenings. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Alvin Schwartz is known for his more than two dozen books of folklore for young readers that explore everything from wordplay and humor to tales and legends of all kinds. Don't miss his other Scary Stories collections, including More Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark and Scary Stories 3.
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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.
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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My granddaughter loves this book. I had purchased it for my own children many years ago. As scary now as it was then!Published 3 months ago by Sybarite
Throwback to my childhood with this book and now my daughter will get to enjoy it as well! Thank you to the seller!Published 5 months ago by Sandra V
Book from my childhood. Spent years looking for it and found it on amazon. I knew it was a much have for my kids.Published on June 15 2014 by Droc
The kids loved it too. But they began talking in doubles when using monosyllabic words after being read this book. I kicked my dog,Published on April 13 2013 by toxygen3
I remember reading this book as a kid, I must of rented it from the library like 30 times! Reading was very difficult for me cause I was dyslexic and this book was exciting enough... Read morePublished on April 22 2012 by Sybil
This books is horrible. I was given this book by my mother as a child & was traumatized by the story "The Green Ribbon". Read morePublished on Dec 3 2003
I thought it was a good book but I don't think it should be for little kids in pre-school because it was a little too scarey for them. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2001
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