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Thirty hair-raising stories from around the world fill this spooky collection with delicious shivers and spine-tingling chills. Sit down and meet "The Vampire Cat," "The Draug" and "The Rolling Head"; or take a stroll with "The Thing in the Woods." You'll find favorites such as "The Golden Arm" and startling new stories such as "Knock...Knock...Knock," vividly told with plenty of ghastly details and spooky endings. There's something here for ...

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Overview

Thirty hair-raising stories from around the world fill this spooky collection with delicious shivers and spine-tingling chills. Sit down and meet "The Vampire Cat," "The Draug" and "The Rolling Head"; or take a stroll with "The Thing in the Woods." You'll find favorites such as "The Golden Arm" and startling new stories such as "Knock...Knock...Knock," vividly told with plenty of ghastly details and spooky endings. There's something here for everyone who likes a good shudder...but be prepared for goose bumps!

Twenty delightfully creepy illustrations by Katherine Coville and Jacqueline Rogers highlight this companion to Robert San Souci's first collection of scary stories, Short & Shivery.

A collection of scary folktales from the United States, China, England, Italy, Russia, and other countries around the world.

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Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
San Souci provides this sequel to his Short & Shivery and, like its predecessor, it reflect San Souci's amazing ability to draw from a large number of traditions and sources to tell a story guaranteed to involve listeners. Perhaps best of all for weary parents...these stories are short. 1996 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-This volume of 30 scary stories from around the world is an absolute delight. The breadth of the collection is impressive. Some of the tales are old friends (``The King of the Cats'' from England and ``The Devil and Tom Walker'' from the U.S.), while others seem familiar (``Escape up the Tree'' from Nigeria is a lot like ``Wiley and the Hairy Man,'' and ``Knock...Knock...Knock'' from the U.S./Canada is a story that youngsters have been telling each other at camp for years). There are still others (``Sister Death and the Healer'' from Mexico/American Southwest and ``The Greedy Daughter'' from Italy) that are unfamiliar but will soon be well loved. San Souci's fine ear for dialogue is reflected in his retellings, and he deserves a medal for the detailed source notes he provides. Each selection is illustrated with a dramatic, full-page black-and-white painting. A book that's equally appropriate for the classroom or under the covers.-Patricia A. Dollisch, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA
Stephanie Zvirin
Like San Souci's earlier collection "Short & Shivery" (1987), this contains a sampling of folktales in which supernatural elements take center stage. Vampires, disembodied heads, ghosts, and evil entities of varying descriptions terrify unsuspecting mortals, the nice as well as the nasty kind. Several of the 30 stories--for example, the often anthologized "King of the Cats" from the British Isles and "Knock . . . Knock . . . Knock," a popular North American urban legend--may be known to scary-story fans. But most of the tales, which have been gathered from countries as far flung as Russia, Haiti, Iceland, and Nigeria, will be unfamiliar. Katherine Coville, who illustrated the earlier collection, will contribute 20 drawings, which, given the sample provided, promise a few chills of their own. Though creepy enough, San Souci's straightforward retellings (he sometimes uses dialogue) keep the grisly details well under control, and his thorough source notes can lead readers on to other collections of folklore, fairy tales, and myths.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385321020
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/1/1994
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert D. San Souci is the award-winning author of many popular books for young readers.

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