In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories (I Can Read Book Series: Level 2) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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Overview

In 1957, Harper published its first I Can Read title, Little Bear, written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Large type, simple vocabulary, chapter-like divisions, and decorative pictures made Little Bear perfect for emerging readers—they could read the story comfortably and not feel overwhelmed by the text. Following suit came such classics as Peggy Parish's Amelia Bedelia series, Lillian Hoban's books about Arthur the monkey, and Syd Hoff's popular Danny and the Dinosaur. Many books in this series are special in the depth of emotion evoked - Little Bear, the Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel, and Daniel's Duck by Clyde Bulla, to name a few - and all are enjoyed by children of all ages. Preschool - Grade 1.

Seven scary stories to tell at night in front of a fire or in the dark, based on traditional stories and folktales from various countries.

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Children's Literature - Kristina Cassidy
Alvin Schwartz, best known for the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series, shares seven spine-tingling stories for young readers in this "I Can Read!" book. The stories and illustrations, originally published in 1984, are a bit dated, but kids will find plenty to enjoy in the simple, engaging stories about graveyards, skeletons, and ghosts. Parents and teachers will want to remind readers of "The Night It Rained" to never get into a car with a stranger. The stories are creepy without being too frightening and are an excellent addition to a Halloween-themed unit of classroom readings. The book is designated a Level 2 reader, for developing readers. The simple vocabulary and sentence structure are well-suited for that level. The accompanying audio CD includes two tracks, one with page-turn signals and one without. Each track runs about fourteen minutes and includes all the stories. Both tracks also have music and sound effects. While these add to the atmosphere of the stories, truly struggling readers may have trouble focusing on the reading. Reviewer: Kristina Cassidy
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Gr 1-3

This collection of short stories (HarperCollins, 1984) retold by Alvin Schwartz are just creepy enough to give youngsters shivers without causing nightmares. The seven tales were collected from a variety of sources and include some classics such as "The Green Ribbon" (holding on a severed head) and "The Night It Rained" (a man discovers that his hitchhiker was a ghost). Dirk Zimmer performs the stories in a sepulchral tone with a measured pace and different voices for the characters. Background music is light and seems deliberately designed to lessen the scary mood. This Level 2 I Can Read book is perfect for younger children who are constantly pestering the librarian for "something scary."-Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780808537632
  • Publisher: San Val, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1985
  • Series: I Can Read Book 2 Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alvin Schwartz is known for his more than two dozen books of folklore for young readers that explore everything from wordplay and humor to tales and legends of all kinds. Don't miss his other Scary Stories collections, including More Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark and Scary Stories 3.

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  • Posted November 9, 2010

    Too Scary

    My child is 5 years old and was read this book in his 100 Book Challenge at school from his teacher. He wet his bed 3 tiems that night from nightterrors and would NOT go into any dark portion of the house by himself. If he is in a dark part of the house he starts to cry hysterically and beg for a light to be turned on. I did not read this book myself, all I know is what I see my kid screaming in fear from. I dont recommend this book for 5 year olds, my son has never had a problem with the lights being out, he never had a problem with dead heads rolling across the floor. But now, I fear, I have to get my son some mental help because of this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    Bedtime story- 5 and 7 yr olds

    Although my niece is 7 years old and already reads chapter books, she enjoys reading these stories to her 5 year old brother at bedtime.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2013

    I do not recommend this book to children that are not into scary

    I do not recommend this book to children that are not into scary stories. I bought this book for my 6 year old daughter and she loves it! Its a great book to buy if your child is into scary stories if not this book is not for you. It has short cute scary stories, it is also good for those kids who are ready to start reading short words.

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  • Posted October 7, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    This book was great fun for me and my child

    When I was little, I read this book several times. As in the review above, I checked this out of the school library numerous times. These stories are great fun for the parent and the child. Who could for get "The Green Ribbon" or "The Night it Rained"? Now that my son is 6 we can read this same great book together! I would not recommend this book as a bedtime story for toddlers or skittish children, but if your child is like mine and enjoys to be scared just a little bit he/she will love this book.

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  • Posted August 6, 2010

    Favorite Childhood Book

    I can remember all thro Elementary school, I loved reading this book. Every friday the we would go to the libary and I would check this book out. I had read it so much, I had it memorized. My favorite story in it was 'The Red Ribbon' and to this day (I am now a Senior in high school) I still remember how it goes. It's funny how something as simple as a book from your Elementary school libary can mean so much to you when you get older.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    If you remember reading this as a kid, it's even better to read it now.

    I loved this book as a kid. I was in the store with my sister and she picked it up and before you knew it we were each reading the stories. We had to buy this book so that we could read it to our kids. Her youngest is 3 and he does not enjoy the stories, a bit too scary. But the 8 year old loves it, they read it every night. This book has encouraged him to expand his reading, and that's what it's all about.

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  • Posted May 9, 2010

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    What a thrill!

    This spooky collection continues to thrill my twins after the 100th read! They even love to reread it to there granny when she comes over to try and spook her! The anticipation of what lies behind, beneath, or in the shadows keeps the skin crawling and the pages turning!

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

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    Classic scary stories

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book when I was a child in the '80s and toted the book to many a slumber party. I was particularly pleased when my daughter asked me to buy her this book. She loves every single story in the book and she reads them over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    In A Dark, Dark Room

    Great book! My girls really enjoyed it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009

    Not appropriate for younger children

    I purchased this book as a Halloween treat for my 6 year old son. After reading it, I was upset to find that it contains stories that are not appropriate for a child that young. I was surprised since this was a level 1 I Can Read Book. I would not recommend this book.

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  • Posted June 24, 2009

    I Get Flashbacks...

    ... of my elementary school years.

    I'm glad I ran into this author on OnceUponAWin.com. Every now and then I remember a story I read/heard from back in the day, which turned out to be "The Green Ribbon". That was the only morbid story I can actually tolerate and laugh at, simultaneously.

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  • Posted May 17, 2009

    Enjoying a good "horror" story

    My seven year old enjoys books on the ''scary" side and this was perfect without being too much. I even remember some of the stories from my childhood in this collection.
    She enjoyed sharing these stories with me.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    nice stories

    children loved reading this book

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  • Posted November 14, 2008

    too scary for younger children/toddlers

    My child is not allowed to watch scary movies let alone read any scary books. Watching the news on television is real-world scary enough. <BR/><BR/>She is 5 years old, will be 6 in 2 weeks. She had NIGHTMARES from this book about rolling heads and all this rubbish! This is inappropriate for the age level suggested for this book. Please refrain from allowing this book in schools as this is where it was read to her! I have already notified the school. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2008

    Ahh, I remember...

    When I look back on my elementary school years, I remember, quite vividly, these stories. Especially the green ribbon. I loved the twist at the end, and I loved the child-like repetitiveness of the whole book. It's like a nursery rhyme, only dark and spooky. I read the stories 3rd grade to fifth grade, loving each page....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2008

    Still think of this book.

    I loved this book when I was little. My favorite story was The Green Ribbon, I had it memorized and would tell it to my friends at slumber parties when we were trying to scare each other. This is a great book for upper elementary kids.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2008

    NOT for this age group!

    This was read at my daughter's school. She couldn't sleep that night, asking about people's heads falling off and ghosts hiding under doors and such. She's five, and I figured it was just a book for older kids that had mistakenly made its way into her classroom. Now I'm reading that she's their target audience?! Not if I ever want her to sleep in her own room again...Save it for the older kids!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2008

    A reviewer

    okay true this book is written in the form of print for kids but these storys are classics that have been told and retold throughout the years.I cant remember the exzact names of all of the storys but one that comes to mind is the one titled ' the green ribon'. the story about alfred and jenny meeting as kids.Alfred always asking why do you where the green ribbon?.Jenny always responding I will tell you when the time is right.These storys are classics true it is wriitten in the form of a childrens book but the storys are classics. Alvin schwartz is the master of scary storys.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2007

    A reviewer

    I remeber when I was like 5 yrs old, my oldest sister brought this book home and I was so scared of it I think I hid under a blanket while my cousin was running around the house with that book from my sister. Then later when I was like 11, my little brother checked out that same book and brought it home when I told him not to. when we got home, he asked me to go with him to our room so he could get something. I suspected that he would pull out the book so I didn't want to go. He did pull it out. I ran out screaming and crying and my dad got mad because of the screaming and running. Then I hid under a blanket while he looked through the book. I don't think we ever checked that book out again. Now I'm not scared but its still nice to look through the book whenever I'm at a bookstore. It seems like 'The Green Ribbon' is the most memorable story to eveyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2007

    Nostalgia...

    This was the first book I learned to read when I moved here from Korea, and it was my favourite book forever. Now in college, I still recall how much I loved the story of 'the green ribbon'. A great read for little kids! (And even older readers ^_~)

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