Diane Goode's Book of Scary Stories and Songs

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A host of delightfully scary characters awaits anyone who opens this collection of spooky stories, poems, and songs from around the world. From old favorites like "The Worms Crawl In" to lesser-known gems from the Sioux, African-American, and Tirolean folk traditions, these selections will send a shiver down the spine of every reader who loves a little scary, silly fun. Dramatic illustrations by Caldecott Honor medalist Diane Goode capture the spirit of these unforgettable tales...
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Overview

A host of delightfully scary characters awaits anyone who opens this collection of spooky stories, poems, and songs from around the world. From old favorites like "The Worms Crawl In" to lesser-known gems from the Sioux, African-American, and Tirolean folk traditions, these selections will send a shiver down the spine of every reader who loves a little scary, silly fun. Dramatic illustrations by Caldecott Honor medalist Diane Goode capture the spirit of these unforgettable tales and verses. "Consistently entertaining." -- Booklist

A collection of traditional tales, with some poems and songs, most on a ghostly theme.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A seasoned collector of tales, Goode ( Diane Goode's American Christmas ; Diane Goode's Book of Silly Stories & Songs ) offers another worthwhile volume--even if its selections don't qualify as truly ``scary.'' Goode's impressive art contains some shadows and a detached eyeball or two--and depicts creatures somewhat more menacing than those found in Marc Brown's Scared Silly! (reviewed below). The stories, however, are rather tame, and the book will be appreciated more for its rich multicultural flavor than for its fright value. Longer and more sophisticated than the entries Brown gathers, Goode's tales draw on Native American, African American, English, Estonian and Italian folklore traditions. A smattering of poems and songs (including the perennial favorite, ``The Worms Crawl In,'' guaranteed to make anyone squirm) round out this rousing collection. All ages. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Stories and songs collected from around the world guaranteed to make parents smile and children emit peals of laughter. If you forgot the words to "On Top of Spaghetti," all four verses are here. The stories are embellished with beautiful illustrations and each page has an intricate border from award winning illustrator Goode. 1994 (orig.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
This well-told mixture of Halloween tales might hold chilling moments for the very youngest listeners, but everything comes out with a laugh at the end.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-An appealing collection of 18 stories, poems, and songs that are mildly frightening, funny, and sometimes weird-just what is requested every Halloween. Among the offerings are traditional selections such as ``The Conjure Wives,'' ``Mr. Miacca,'' and ``The Green Ribbon''; lesser-known folktales such as ``The Man Who Was Afraid of Nothing'' (Native American), ``The Mermaid'' (African American) and ``The Goblins at the Bathhouse'' (Estonian); and a rousing dose of creepy verse and songs, including ``The Worms Crawl In'' and Myra Cohn Livingston's ``House at the Corner.'' Goode's full-color delightfully gruesome illustrations are scattered throughout the volume like ghosts in a haunted house. Cleverly composed, they feature animated facial expressions, pointed noses and chins, bulging eyes, and clawing hands. A fine addition for storytellers, teachers, and young patrons who want a book that's ``really scary, but not too scary.''-Beth Tegart, Oneida City Schools, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140564327
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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