Faces in the Dark: A Book of Scary Stories

Faces in the Dark: A Book of Scary Stories

by Chris Powling, Peter Bailey

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judith Gravitz
What an entertaining collection of stories; it would be a perfect choice for dark and mysterious evenings. Powling has collected ten tales from the entertainingly creepy pens of Sid Fleischman, Vivien Alcock, and others to illustrate the varied world of the weird. In one particularly strange tale by Powling, "The Oddment," a piece of cloth follows its owner through life, turning up unexpectedly when it had assuredly been thrown away or destroyed. The tension lies in whether the owner can escape. Humorous illustrations bring laughter and a welcomed relief from these eerie worlds.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-A collection with surefire appeal for fans of strange and spooky tales. Most of the selections are original, with the exceptions of Vivien Alcock's creepy ``Siren Song'' and an adaptation of Sid Fleischman's The Ghost on Saturday Night. Settings and time periods vary, but many of the stories share a straightforward narrative style reminiscent of classic British horror fiction. Unusual phenomena or action are described in a matter-of-fact tone that leave readers wondering just how much might be true. This uncertainty lingers in the mind and is the book's real source of scariness (mercifully, blood and gore are absent). There is tongue-in-cheek humor, too, especially in the two tales set in the U.S. The colorful cartoons sprinkled liberally throughout the text underscore this, defusing any real terror in even the creepiest narratives. These stories would be excellent choices for telling aloud. All in all, an entertaining anthology that should find a home in most libraries.-Mary Jo Drungil, Niles Public Library District, IL
Mary Harris Veeder
Because the 10 stories in this collection (some of which were written especially for this book) are not overly terrifying, they'll fill the bill for readers who want to be scared--but not too much. The best of the bunch is Powling's own contribution "The Oddment," about a soft "blanket lovey" that starts acting on its own when its owner tries to put it aside with other babyish things. Peter Bailey's illustrations are more comforting than scary. Their somewhat cartoonish style suggests a world in which nothing gets out of hand.

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Edition description:
1st American ed
Product dimensions:
9.41(w) x 10.98(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range:
7 - 11 Years

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