* 2020 Aesop Prize Accolade
Child-friendly collection of spooky stories from all over the world. Feel your pulse race and your skin tingle as you turn the pages of this spine chilling anthology of spooky stories from around the world. Read all about the fearsome witch Baba Yaga, the serpent woman from Spain, the rescue of Tam Lin from the bewitching Queen of the Fairies, how Father Death gets caught in the Enchanted Apple Tree, and the water dwelling Bunyip from Australia.
Make sure you have your candle ready as it's sure to be a long night... This gorgeous gift book is the perfect anthology for Halloween, or any time you want to be spooked! Features stories from Germany, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Africa, Brazil, Japan, Australia, India, UK, Canada, France, China, Ireland, Syria, Korea, Sweden, Egypt, Iceland, New Zealand, Arabia, Spain, Tibet, Iran, Greece.
The tales are expertly retold by Angela McAllister for spooky fun for the whole family and illustrated by Romanian born Madalina Andronic whose beautifully spooky images bring these stories to life before your very eyes. Are you ready for story time with a spooky twist?
This cross-cultural collection of supernatural folktales includes such characters as a talking skull, a malevolent giantess, and a clever thief. The stories, arranged by theme and representing six continents, are concise--most no more than three pages long--and told in plainspoken prose ("Long ago, the sweetest apples in France grew on a tree that belonged to a very grumpy woman"). Each tale notes its place of origin, and though the various protagonists encounter an array of startling bogeys (among them death and a devil), most come away safe and wiser for the experience, leaving readers with pleasantly gentle chills. Andronic's gouache artwork combines folkloric and modern sensibilities. With its emphasis on the spooky versus the scary, it's an excellent choice for young readers building their bravery. Ages 5-8. (Sept.)Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.