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Children's LiteratureAn excellent addition to a classroom or library poetry shelf, this collection of more than fifty scary poems will appeal to readers first for its haunting subject matter and then for its wonderful language. The anthology represents a broad range of poets, including William Shakespeare, Carl Sandburg, Theodore Roethke, Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Jack Prelutzky and Grace Nichols, among others. Anonymous classic poems, such as "There was an Old Woman," are included, as are poems from other times and cultures, such as one about Anancy the spider of African and Caribbean lore. From water sprites to witches, from owls to ghosts and haunted ships, and from "The Frozen Man" to "The Bogeyman," readers' imaginations will be sparked and their spines tingle. Originally published in hardcover as The Whispering Room in 1996, this paperback reprint contains vivid illustrations that make this book as intriguing to look at as to read aloud. 2003 (orig. 1996), Kingfisher/Houghton Mifflin Co, Ages 7 to 10.
— Valerie O. Patterson