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Ghostly Warnings

Ghostly Warnings

by Daniel Cohen, David Linn (Illustrator)

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Children's Literature - C. Darren Butler
Ghostly Warnings contains ten chapters, with one or more stories per chapter about warnings that are supernatural or from beyond the grave. These are genuinely spooky stories, refreshingly so, because Cohen doesn't pull punch any more than are necessary. The author has managed to produce material that is appropriate for children and true to original sources, but also avoids the emasculation of legends and folktales that seems to be the standard for many major publishers and entertainment companies. While one might doubt that ghosts and other supernatural presence actually have appeared throughout history to give warnings, one can't question the reality of the frightening situations in which Cohen's characters find themselves: little girls die suddenly, able-bodied men drown, and people commit suicide; death is real. Cohen's references to the supernatural experiences of de Maupassant, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Goethe, the Hohenzollern family of Prussia, and others give Ghostly Warnings underpinnings in literature and history. Several of the stories are based on or contain "types" or elements of classic folktales, versions of which have been told in many cultures throughout history. The book is rich in the spookiness that many children so love, and will enrich them in a way that the trendy, commercialized "scare" books will not.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6Ten tales about assorted eerie ghosts, most warning of impending danger or certain doom. A woman glimpses her unbreathing double in a mirror and dies the same day. A minister defies the apparition of a horrible ghostly rider and drowns in a stream's trickle of water. An infantry sergeant in World War II is warned against imminent danger twice by his frantically gesticulating double. Some of the selections, such as "The White Lady of Berlin" who haunted the powerful Prussian Hohenzollern family for several centuries, are historically significant, while others, like Goethe's vision of himself dressed in a suit he wouldn't own for eight years, are mere curiosities. The possibility of these occult omens and bizarre visions being real gives the book an extra chilling edge over otherwise excellent anthologies of folktales or well-written ghost stories such as those collected by Helen Hoke. Dramatic, eerie full- and half-page pencil illustrations appear throughout.Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
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4.40(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.56(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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