Seven Strange and Ghostly Tales

Seven Strange and Ghostly Tales

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by Brian Jacques
     
 

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Redwall fans will love the ghostly side of Brian Jacques!

Filled with humor, adventure, and imagination, these seven short stories go from the lighthearted to the bizarre. From a teenager who drives a museum curator to mummify him for signing Phantom Snake (an anagram of his name) all over his exhibits, to a boy who's dared to visit the tomb of a vampire at… See more details below

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Redwall fans will love the ghostly side of Brian Jacques!

Filled with humor, adventure, and imagination, these seven short stories go from the lighthearted to the bizarre. From a teenager who drives a museum curator to mummify him for signing Phantom Snake (an anagram of his name) all over his exhibits, to a boy who's dared to visit the tomb of a vampire at midnight only to discover that the vampire boy he meets has a mother who nags just like his own, the eerie and chilling settings and characters will captivate readers.

"Well crafted and smoothly written...While suitable for reading aloud, the tales are even better under the covers with a flashlight." --Booklist, starred review

"Brian Jacques, author of the Redwall books, proves to have a surprising gift for amusing, sometimes horrifying, sometimes quite poignant ghost stories....An excellent choice for reading aloud." --The Horn Book

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ghost story aficionados may add yet another title to their increasingly crowded reading lists. This collection features seven original stories about the requisite apparitions, vampires and satanic incarnations, all spun with a distinctly English flair. Jacques's ( Redwall ; Mattimeo ) ethereal creations are tame when compared with the violence and gore often found in the genre. Despite a lack of blood, mysterious deaths and hauntings abound: Gilly Bodkin's soul will not rest until he gets some sweets; Thomas P. Kanne is embalmed and mummified while still alive. Chills and thrills are fewer than the book's title might suggest, and the author has infused his own brand of humor into tales about a vampire with a nagging mother and a compulsive liar who dares to tell a whopper to the devil. A few lengthy descriptive passages slow the pace, and a story focusing on an older woman's experience during WW II may be too sophisticated for younger readers, but this is still a good choice for flashlight reading under the covers. Ages 8-up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Jacques, the author of the animal adventures of Redwall, focuses here on telling Seven Strange and Ghostly Tales. In this book, Jacques proves that he can tell a story about anything-from a graffiti artist who's mummified to a boy who escapes a vampire by a strange twist of fate.
Children's Literature - Carol Raker Collins
Though never dogmatic, important moral lessons are embedded in these eerie tales. Each story is prefaced by a poem that gives a clue or warning about what's to follow. There is the graffiti artist who is mummified in an Egyptian exhibit because he defaces the museum. The girl who steals senior citizens' most precious possessions finds her demise in a prized egg. There are the school bullies whose extortion racket ends in a ghostly comeuppance. A mean-spirited uncle finds his end in a lake inhabited by the mysterious Grimblett. An inveterate liar tricks the devil and the angel Gabriel but is ultimately bored with lying. In a lighter vein, a boy has a fearsome run-in with a vampire whose mother ends up reminding him of his own nagging mother. In the most gruesome tale, a sad boy ghost haunts the spot where he died trying to eat forbidden candy, and after hundreds of years finally finds satisfaction. The English author is especially good at creating a variety of characters whose different classes, countries, dialects, accents, and personalities interact in these seven distinct plots. These are not just slightly scary tales for children; many of them have severe consequences. 1999 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-- A collection of seven competently told tales set in modern-day Britain, ranging from a funny ``pact with the Devil'' story to more traditional vampire and ghostly fare. There is a satisfying amount of spookiness in each, even though the conclusions are telegraphed ahead of time. Each story is preceded by an original poem that is intended to pique interest in the tale that follows; as poetry, these selections are mediocre, but they do add a nice balance of humor to what is otherwise the same old stuff. The subject will be popular with a wide audience, although the lack of illustrations and the fairly dense blocks of text may intimidate some readers. Leach's Thing at the Foot of the Bed (Philomel, 1987) and Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Lippincott, 1981), to name only two, will not be eclipsed by this newcomer. --JoAnn Rees, Sunnyvale Public Library, CA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780613642149
Publisher:
Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
Publication date:
07/01/2003
Pages:
137
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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