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written by: Emily Jenkins
There are lots of frightening things out there. Witches. Trolls. Sharks. The DARK!
But nothing seems as scary once you turn on the light. In this hilarious picture book, a boy and his two dogs go through a list of all the things, both real and imagined, that make the hair on the backs of their necks stand on end-and come up with a clever way to face their fears.
(description from Google Books)
Ages 3 to 6, Grades P to 1
- MacMillan Publishing offers a fun two page activity pack: fun-book-of-scary-stuff-activity-pages
- After reading, have children talk about things that are scary to them and what they can do to make them not as scary.
Tales From the Haunted Mansion: The Fearsome Foursome
“The story follows four middle schoolers—the Fearsome Foursome—who constantly try to out-scare each other with tales of terror. One night, after their clubhouse is destroyed, they are all invited to a spooky old mansion to tell their tales, where they are introduced to a mysterious librarian named Amicus Arcane. Amicus asks to join their competition because he has the scariest stories of them all. You see, Amicus’ stories are about each of them. The stories—which have elements of classic horror like Poe and Lovecraft—get creepier and creepier (but never too scary) as the book goes on. And as Amicus tells the kids their own scary stories, our four protagonists eventually realize where they are—they are a part of the 999 ‘happy haunts’ that inhabit the Haunted Mansion.”
- After reading have students write their own scary stories, with themselves as the main character. Perfect for a creative writing prompt.