Review! In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories retold by Alvin Schwartz

In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories: I Can Read! Level 2
Retold by Alvin Schwartz
Illustrated by Victor Rivas
64 pages – ages 6+
Published by HarperCollins on July 25, 2017

Synopsis from Publisher-In a dark, dark room, in a soft, soft voice, tell a scary story!

Newly reillustrated, this classic I Can Read full of spooky stories is perfect for beginning readers who love a bit of a scare.

Victor Rivas’s silly and spooky art will introduce a new generation to stories inspired by traditional folktales like “The Teeth,” “In the Graveyard,” “The Green Ribbon,” “In A Dark, Dark Room,” “The Night It Rained,” “The Pirate,” and “The Ghost of John.”

The original edition has won many state awards and is an ALA Notable Children’s Book.

In a Dark, Dark Room is a Level Two I Can Read book, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help.”

What I Thought- I was really impressed with this book – it gives kids the experience of reading scary stories…while still being not too scary. The stories are collected or based off of various sources, but are adapted to be appropriate for young readers. The new illustrations are very cartoonish, with dark undertones, dark overtones, and just a tad bit of light, just to keep things nice. 🙂 The book is written for kids who are on their way to becoming steady readers but who still need a little help, and the word choice and sentence structure is perfect for readers at this level. I do think this is a wonderful introduction to scary stories and the horror genre, and I think kids will enjoy reading this book!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

Categories: Age 6-9

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10 replies

  1. I love this book. The story of the woman with the green ribbon (or yellow ribbon) was one of those stories that I still remember reading when I was growing up.

  2. I love a scary story. But not too scary, and a happy ending would be nice, as well…

    Love and licks,

  3. Nice review, Erik. I know some kids at our school who would to get their hands on this. Thanks!

  4. I bet a lot of the young readers in my library would enjoy this. They often want something scary- but not too scary. 🙂

  5. We’ve got older copies in our library system–I’ll hav3e to look one up!

  6. This is one of mine and my family’s favorites.

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