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Ghosts!: Ghostly Tales from Folklore Paperback – Aug 30 1993

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (Aug. 30 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064441709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064441704
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 100 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #701,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-- Those familiar with Schwartz's ability to produce the best of scary tales for young readers will find this newest addition to be a hit. The sentences are short with a manageable vocabulary, even for those kindergarteners who can tackle the challenge of an early reader. The text is complemented with primitive watercolor illustrations executed in attractive pastels; while the facial expressions are given a semblance of ghoulishness, the total effect is one of enticement (and even humor) rather than of horror. While these stories are not as heart-thumping as those in Schwartz's In A Dark, Dark Room (HarperCollins, 1985), this will nevertheless provide a fun introduction to the "ghostly" genre, and give children a chance to check out a "scary" book. Appended is a page on the origins of the tales and legends. --Mary Lou Budd, Milford South Elementary School, OH
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

From its foreword to its notes on ``Where the Stories Come From,'' this ``I Can Read'' collection of seven appealing, mildly scary stories is a model of authenticity: the simplified but effective retellings honor both their sources and their intended audience. Chess's tongue-in-cheek illustrations add a perfect gruesome touch. (Folklore/Easy reader. 5-8) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
Sure, read it to your kids at bedtime and you will take a day off the next day to clean their beds (NOT speaking from my personal experience, though).
A collection of several short stories about ghosts, all of them have a little surprising or twisting ending. The book completes with a short story to tell your kids what to do to scare off a ghost if they run into one.
Make sure to ask your kids to use the bathroom before bedtime, or they might fail to scare off the ghosts that cause bedwetting.
Youngest age to read to is probably about 3+ years old.
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By A Customer on April 10 2001
Format: Paperback
Ghosts
Alvin Schwartz
Reading level: 1-3
Your review: This is a good book! I would recommend it. It has really funny illustrations and really good ones too! It isn't a chapter book but it does have 7 funny but not scary stories about ghosts!
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When my son read this book it was the first time ever that he read past his required 20 minutes and actually finished the book! He loved the scary tone, but not too scary for a child.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x99c8a8ac) out of 5 stars 23 reviews
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99a177bc) out of 5 stars Great for the child who likes a little scare July 12 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When my son read this book it was the first time ever that he read past his required 20 minutes and actually finished the book! He loved the scary tone, but not too scary for a child.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99a17c24) out of 5 stars Fun, Silly Stories Oct. 20 2015
By Babs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great book for my little level 2 reader!
We own the 3 books in the Dark, Dark Room series and my 7-year old daughter loves the stories. She thought it was really neat to get a book that contains similar stories that she could read to her parents instead of us reading them to her. I do have to help her sound out a couple of words here and there but she's been able to read this book pretty well on her own. I would say that it's between a level 2 and 3 on the reading scale. She does not think the stories are scary at all, but they (along with the illustrations) are fun. This book also tries to throw in a little humor. The book may not be great for kids under 5 or if your child scares easily, but I really don't see anything too scary in here-base your purchase decision off what your child generally enjoys reading.
We got this just in time for Halloween and it has really been enjoyable to read with my daughter.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99a17bd0) out of 5 stars Cool book April 10 2001
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ghosts
Alvin Schwartz
Reading level: 1-3
Your review: This is a good book! I would recommend it. It has really funny illustrations and really good ones too! It isn't a chapter book but it does have 7 funny but not scary stories about ghosts!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99a17f90) out of 5 stars Great way to encourage reading Oct. 18 2008
By J. Bowman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My daughter is 7yrs old and in second grade. She is supposed to read for 20 min each night which sometimes can be a struggle. After this book arrived she has not fought us on reading one single night. In fact is seems that she even reads better with this book since she is very interested in it. The level of reading is perfect for second grade and the little stories are 'spooky' and cute. My daughter loves this book. We also got 'In a Dark, Dark room and other scary stories' and both books are great, she loves both of them.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99a17e1c) out of 5 stars Perfect Book to Get Kids to Read Feb. 7 2014
By Headless Bob - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the perfect little book to get children interested in reading. The stories are spooky, but not overtly scary. From ghost cats to a ghost bully in a bottle, these are cute stories you are sure to enjoy listening to your child read. Also, in the back of the book, Alvin Schwartz adds a page that gives more information as to where in folklore each tale originated. Schwartz is phenomenal at adapting these classic stories to a younger audience and I would recommend any of his books.


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