The Oxford Book of Scary Tales

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The Oxford Book of Scary Tales

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There is a Great Swallowing Monster who eats up whole villages, tribes, herds of cows, even clumps of trees. Then there's the terrible Slitherydee who slips out of the sea (but doesn't catch me...yet). What about a Bush woman who transforms before our very eyes into a savage lion (or does she?--don't believe everything you hear or see), and Timmy, an imaginary friend, who knows games to play that will curl your toes and rattle your bones. They're all here--and more--in The Oxford Book of Scary Tales.
Children know that it's great fun to be scared (but not frightened), and Dennis Pepper has carefully collected classic and contemporary legends, folktales, and poems that are sure to do the trick. From the mysteriously chilling to the comically bizarre, a wide variety of cultures and traditions are represented, retold and illustrated in cheerfully gruesome detail by some of the finest artists and writers for children. These are great stories to read aloud or by yourself over and over again to savor the chills of suspense and shivers of delight.
Beautifully packaged and designed, this collection not only entertains but also testifies to the exceptional powers of literature to heighten our emotions and stir our hearts.

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Dennis Pepper is the editor of An Oxford Book of Christmas Stories and The Oxford Christmas Storybook.

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Grade 5-8-- The wraiths seen winding about trees and house on the title and contents pages set the tone for this good, spooky collection--as does their haste to depart at sunrise, pictured on the acknowledgment and endpages. The 35 stories and poems (half of them written for this book) vary in scariness, eschew the gruesome, and some--like that of the gravedigging great-grandfather--share a laugh. Although mostly British, there are retellings from Africa, India, Japan, and the United States, while the girl who must stab a gravesite to prove her visit on a dare has done so in many countries and times. Wiley escapes the Hairy Man in a colloquial version; a feverish small boy gets lost in a nighttime supermarket; oppressive caregivers come to bad ends; and ghosts are met unawares. The mixed-media format lends an almost magazine appeal with various styles and artists and use of tinted pages, similar to Hunt's Ghosts, Witches, and Things Like That . (Oxford, 1984). --Ruth M. McConnell, San Antonio Public Library
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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