In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories

by Alvin Schwartz (Author) Victor Rivas (Illustrator)

In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories

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.

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 2--Newly illustrated by Rivas, this standard easy reader title will be a charming addition to holiday shelves. Young readers craving something creepy will find much to appreciate in these seven (not too) scary selections. "The Teeth" features characters with ever-larger teeth, while the book's eponymous story uses repetition to reveal a wild-haired green ghost, effectively laid out on a spread. The entries are sufficiently scary for beginning readers who will likely delight in reading and retelling them. Detailed illustrations a la Edward Gorey, paired with a somber palette, depict characters with wide eyes and frightful expressions. A description of the tales' origins rounds out the book. VERDICT This reillustrated edition of the 1984 collection of scary stories will deliver shivers to a new generation.--Ramarie Beaver, Plano Public Library System, TX

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
July 20, 2017
I Can Read! Level 2: Reading With Help
BISAC categories
JUV018000 - Juvenile Fiction | Horror
JUV043000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Beginner
JUV017030 - Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Halloween
JUV012040 - Juvenile Fiction | Fairy Tales & Folklore | Adaptations
JUV069000 - Juvenile Fiction | Ghost Stories
Library of Congress categories
Short stories
Horror fiction
JUVENILE FICTION / Fairy Tales & Folklore / A
Horror tales

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