Ask the Bones: Scary Stories from Around the World

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What is real and what is imaginary? Do evil creatures lurk in the shadows? Do demons attack the helpless? Are there such things as invisible men? For generations, storytellers have given substance to our worst fears. In Ask the Bones, master storytellers Arielle North Olson and Howard Schwartz retell a varied selection of the world's most frightening folktales. Be warned-these stories could scare you to death!

Illustrated by David Linn.

"These twenty-two stories provide a wide ...

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Overview

What is real and what is imaginary? Do evil creatures lurk in the shadows? Do demons attack the helpless? Are there such things as invisible men? For generations, storytellers have given substance to our worst fears. In Ask the Bones, master storytellers Arielle North Olson and Howard Schwartz retell a varied selection of the world's most frightening folktales. Be warned-these stories could scare you to death!

Illustrated by David Linn.

"These twenty-two stories provide a wide variety of supernatural happenings that won't disappoint the young horror acolyte." (The Horn Book, starred review)

A collection of scary folktales from countries around the world including China, Russia, Spain, and the United States.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Readers looking to be scared (but not too scared) will find chills aplenty in this collection of 22 smoothly told folktales from many cultures. The volume opens with several stories in which protagonists (almost always male) witness supernatural horrors--a Japanese student's drawings of cats save him from a ravaging goblin rat; a Charleston boy's employer is meted out gruesome but just deserts after imprisoning a mermaid in a bottle. The tone darkens as the volume progresses, with the innocent as well as the guilty coming to grisly ends. Picture book author Olson (Hurry Home, Grandma!) and folklorist Schwartz (Next Year in Jerusalem) don't exploit the blood and gore of the horror genre; their stories usually end just before the carnage begins, leaving readers with a thrill of horribly delicious anticipation. Rather than striving to impart the different flavors of their original sources, the authors favor a deceptively casual voice throughout, one that would lend itself to a storytelling session around a campfire or after lights out. Final artwork not seen by PW. Ages 8-12. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
Twenty-two spooky tales from around the world, including: the US, Russia, Germany, England and Mexico, introduce us to creepy elements, such as, a haunted bridal gown, a voodoo curse and an evil tattoo. Well-written and brief, most of the tales have a surprise ending; and it's not a happy surprise! The stories might be good for storytimes, but not for the faint of heart. Eerie, black and white drawings compliment the tales well. An introduction and source notes are included.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-A collection of 22 stories, 6 from the United States, and others from Russia, Persia, Mexico, Germany, Iceland, England, Uzbekistan, and Spain, among other places. The retellings are spare, with little description, explanation, or enhancement to the "bare bones" of the tales. Although the selections do not read aloud well, there is the potential for storytellers to create more tellable versions by embellishing upon them with their own style. The strength of this book is in the tales included. Many are hard to find in print, especially for this age group. Source notes appear at the end. The black-and-white charcoal drawings scattered throughout do little to add to the mood of the text. This title will not have the appeal of Alvin Schwartz's "Scary Stories" books (HarperCollins). However, if your scary-story readers have exhausted your current titles, you may want to consider this one.-Molly S. Kinney, Office of Public Library Services, Atlanta, GA
Jennifer M. Brabander
With their brevity, condensed action, and distillation of language, scary folktales can deliver everything the young horror acolyte desires—instant gross-out gratification and plenty of grisly murders in a nail-biting page-turner. These twenty-two stories provide a wide variety of supernatural happenings that won't disappoint.
—The Horn Book Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142301401
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 249,653
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2002

    best book ever

    non stop reading, is what you will be doing when you read this book. every page was a new adventure. there are 140 thrilling pages.all the stories helped me understand the different cultures and beliefs. the way they retold the stories was devinly done. if you want a great book with many stories that will frighten you , you must read ask the bones.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Okay...

    The stories are good, but not scary, probably good for younger children. The author could've described things better, and made the stories more suspensful.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Scarry!!!!!

    Scary!!!!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2012

    Pe Retty good!

    Its a pretty good book

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Try

    MOREBONES AND SCARY STORIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD ITS AKAwsome

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2006

    Great Book!

    I love this book! It wasn't wery scary, though! My favorite story is Nowhere to Hide. This book is filled with imagination!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2003

    THE BEST

    I REALLY LOVED THIS BOOK. THE STORIES ARE NOT REALLY SCARY BUT KIND OF CREEPY. ITS A MUST BUY!!:0)

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Best

    Best f**king book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2013

    I love this book

    You should read the lost hero books, its the one with three kids riding on a dragon,but when thay say that thay are holding hands thats crazy

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    Wont it

    I wont it

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