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YOU READ TO ME, I’LL READ TO YOU by Mary Ann Hoberman


Very Short Scary Tales to Read Together

by Mary Ann Hoberman & illustrated by Michael Emberley

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-316-01733-6
Publisher: Megan Tingley/Little, Brown

Hoberman and Emberley return with their fourth collaboration of short read-aloud stories in verse, this time a baker’s dozen of goofy-scary original ones. The author’s note (aimed at adults) and the introductory poem (aimed at readers, with illustrations of two youngsters in monster masks) proffer the book’s premise: These stories, ideal for reading aloud, use spooky settings to express the joys of reading. Each poem spans two facing pages and, at 9”x12”, the book is large enough to accommodate multiple small illustrations that retell each story pictorially. Subjects cover Halloween mainstays like “The Skeleton,” “Trick or Treat” and “The Witch and the Broomstick,” as well as a variety of other eerie entities. In “The Mummy,” for example, two children in miners helmets gleefully unwrap a figure in a coffin, and get a surprise. A boy on a bicycle helps “The Ghoul” learn to read. Text throughout comes in multiple pastel shades, nicely matching Emberley’s impish illustrations, in pencil, watercolor and pastels. Nifty. (Picture book. 3-7)