You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Scary Tales to Read Together


Do you like your mind all jumpy?
Do you like your skin all bumpy?
If you do, then take a look
At the stories in this book!

Mary Ann Hoberman and Michael Emberley's award-winning picture book featuring scary stories is now available in an affordable paperback edition - just in time for Halloween! With clear, color-coded type and clever ...

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Do you like your mind all jumpy?
Do you like your skin all bumpy?
If you do, then take a look
At the stories in this book!

Mary Ann Hoberman and Michael Emberley's award-winning picture book featuring scary stories is now available in an affordable paperback edition - just in time for Halloween! With clear, color-coded type and clever illustrations, this fourth You Read to Me, I'll Read to You book uses traditional teaching techniques to invite young children to read along with the text.

With special appeal to School & Library Markets, this new edition is the second paperback in the series, the first of which was a New York Times bestseller.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
The third book in this successful series features stories that are just scary enough to be both interesting and funny. As in the previous books, the text appears in three colors: one for the adult reader, another for the child, and a third for both readers together. Also, each story is complete on two facing pages. The thirteen stories feature such subjects as a surprising mummy, a flying witch, a visiting dinosaur, a friendly skeleton, a scary ghost, a hungry ghoul, and some tricky zombies. Each tale ends with a variation of "You read to me. I'll read to you." The accompanying cartoon-like illustrations contribute to the humor and the action. Children will chuckle anew with each turn of the page. Although the book would be an obvious choice during the Halloween season, it could easily become a year round favorite with beginning readers.
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 3
This fourth installment in the innovative series invites young readers once again to share its whimsical vignettes (written in dialogue) with a peer or an adult. Perfect for Halloween, the stories all revolve around monsters, goblins, zombies, and ghouls. The selections are short, each running across a spread, and "voices" are color-coded and carefully positioned on the page so readers know when it's their turn. Despite its title, the book is hardly engineered to keep any child awake at night. Emberley's illustrations depict friendly fiends with lopsided smiles and silly features, and the fear/gross-out factors in the text are almost nonexistent. A solid choice for most libraries.
—Catherine ThreadgillCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Hoberman and Emberley return with their fourth collaboration of short read-aloud stories in verse, this time a baker's dozen of goofy-scary original ones. The author's note (aimed at adults) and the introductory poem (aimed at readers, with illustrations of two youngsters in monster masks) proffer the book's premise: These stories, ideal for reading aloud, use spooky settings to express the joys of reading. Each poem spans two facing pages and, at 9"x12", the book is large enough to accommodate multiple small illustrations that retell each story pictorially. Subjects cover Halloween mainstays like "The Skeleton," "Trick or Treat" and "The Witch and the Broomstick," as well as a variety of other eerie entities. In "The Mummy," for example, two children in miners helmets gleefully unwrap a figure in a coffin, and get a surprise. A boy on a bicycle helps "The Ghoul" learn to read. Text throughout comes in multiple pastel shades, nicely matching Emberley's impish illustrations, in pencil, watercolor and pastels. Nifty. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316043519
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 92,367
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Ann Hoberman's volunteer work teaching literacy inspired her to create the You Read to Me, I'll Read to You series of books to encourage reading. Winner of the National Book Award, she is the author of more than thirty-five books for children, including One of Each and Miss Mary Mack. In October 2008, Mary Ann was selected as the nation's next Children's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation at the fifth annual Pegasus Awards in Chicago. Ms. Hoberman enjoys reading with her grandchildren: "I read to them - they read to me!" Her Web site is

Michael Emberley is the creator of the highly acclaimed picture books Ruby and its sequel, Ruby and the Sniffs; Welcome Back Sun; Dinosaurs, and most recently, Mail Harry to the Moon. Having grown up in a family of writers and artists, he is an avid reader and comic book fan. A native of New England, Mr. Emberley now lives in San Diego, California. His Web site is

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  • Posted September 30, 2010

    Highly Recommend

    Our 6 year old daughter loves this book. She is just learning to read so her father and I read it to her and she is dieing to learn the words so she can take one of the parts. She always jumps in on the words she knows. I believe the "You Read to Me, I'll Read to You" books will be one of our daughters lasting memories from her childhood.

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

    We read and laugh together!

    I share this with my grandsons who are first graders. It is fun taking turns and experiencing a classic story in a new way. It is enjoyable to read anytime. I have bought a few other similar books and am anxious to share them with my boys.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2007

    A Terrific Book!!!

    Purchased this book for my 26 month old son, as a pre-Halloween treat @ our YMCA book sale. He & I both love this book -- so, many great characters & soooo much fun to read -- he picked the stye of the book in just a few nights & is able to fill in some of the key words as I read it to him. I can't wait to get him the other titles availabe from the same author for Christmas -

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