The Crow (A Not-So-Scary Story)

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Here is a not so scary story about a girl who sees a crow outside her window—and what can happen when you let your imagination get the better of you. Kids will find this spooky story compelling and adults may recognize it as a fun and creative riff on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.”

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Here is a not so scary story about a girl who sees a crow outside her window—and what can happen when you let your imagination get the better of you. Kids will find this spooky story compelling and adults may recognize it as a fun and creative riff on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.”

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Editorial Reviews

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"[T[he torn-and-cut paper compositions, in a rich palette...have an attractive balance of image and action." Booklist 10/01/07 Booklist, ALA

"[The] collages favor bold compositions made up of surprisingly delicately patterned components." PW 10/8/07 Publishers Weekly

"[C]lever and of slightly spooky stories will enjoy the tale's atmosphere." SLJ November 2007 School Library Journal

Elizabeth Ward
It's not "The Raven," but new author Alison Paul's tribute to Poe has something of that poem's eerie charm…Paul's collages of autumn-toned cut and torn paper abound in witty details.
—The Washington Post
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3 In this clever and engaging picture-book homage to Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven," a young protagonist's overactive imagination generates scenes of ominous fantasy: "One morning I woke up sleepy,/came downstairs to something creepy./Outside the window sat something freaky/my eyes had never known." Suspense builds as the child peeks out again and again, each time imagining a frightening villain based solely on these furtive glimpses. Is the mysterious figure a proud and powerful king, a "slick robber on the roam," a spell-casting wizard, or a pirate "peering through a spyglass"? Each suspect is depicted in a wordless, darkly menacing spread. Finally, the youngster bravely opens the front door and realizes, "Oh,/it's just a crow./And now I see/that he was/just as scared as me." Using folksy cut- and torn-paper collage images, unusual angles, and exaggerated perspectives, Paul creates the excitable child's imaginings, frightening in a suspenseful, almost titillating manner, but without real terror. The illustrations allow readers to identify the bird long before the main character does. Children and parents alike will appreciate the protagonist's process of overcoming fears, and fans of slightly spooky stories will enjoy the tale's atmosphere.-Piper Nyman, Brookmeade Elementary School, Nashville, TN

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618663804
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,498,748
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison Paul was born on a Halloween morning. (Her parents still wonder whether she was a trick or a treat.) She grew up in sunny California and lived a comfortable, snow-free existence until attending the Rhode Island School of Design. She recently graduated, yet she inexplicably remains residing in Providence, Rhode Island.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2007

    Her aim is true!!

    Honestly, I haven't read this yet but I plan on it, and it'll be like the only book I ever read to my future children. Why? Alison Paul, AKA: Al K. Traz, is THE best womens flat-track roller derby announcer of all time.

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