TELL ME A SCARY STORY...BUT NOT TOO SCARY! by Carl Reiner

TELL ME A SCARY STORY...BUT NOT TOO SCARY!

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Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Despite its subtitle, this may indeed be too scary for some of its intended audience, though some children just love to be frightened. Exaggerated angles, dramatic dark colors, and distorted facial close-ups both induce and display fear, and the Reiner look-alike narrator seen in the frame story is at least as disturbing as the officially scary neighbor. Catching an eye-like marble that his new neighbor drops, a small boy ventures next door at midnight to return it, and the following events are terrifying despite eventual benign explanations (the neighbor’s a costume-maker, it turns out). The rational explanations come too late to assuage readers already frightened, and readers who aren’t so frightened may feel condescended to by the narrator’s repeated (dare-like) question about whether to continue reading. The illustrations are successful, so choose their audience carefully; the words are too forced to make a shivery tale to be relished. (CD included) (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-316-83329-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2003




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