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Title:
Ask the bones : scary stories from around the world
Author:
Olson, Arielle North.
Publication Information:
New York : Viking, 1999.
Physical Description:
ix, 145 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
A collection of scary folktales from countries around the world including China, Russia, Spain, and the United States.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.6 4.0 36528.
Subject Term:
ISBN:
9780670875818
Format :
Book

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A collection of scary folktales from countries around the world including China, Russia, Spain, and the United States.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr 5^-9. This varied collection of scary tales includes 22 stories from around the world, ranging from ghost stories to tales about witches and voodoo spells. In most of the selections good triumphs over evil. The title piece tells of young Yusef's outwitting his evil employer who has left his workers to starve to death atop a mountain. Other tales feature merchants, servants, travelers, pirates, and even a young boy studying for his bar mitzvah. More haunting than the stories themselves are David Linn's bone-chilling black-and-white illustrations, which will stay with the reader long after the book is closed. Excellent for reading aloud, this collection will satisfy even jaded genre fans. Sources are included. --Helen Rosenberg


Publisher's Weekly Review

Readers looking to be scared (but not too scared) will find chills aplenty in this collection of 22 smoothly told folktales from many cultures. The volume opens with several stories in which protagonists (almost always male) witness supernatural horrors‘a Japanese student's drawings of cats save him from a ravaging goblin rat; a Charleston boy's employer is meted out gruesome but just deserts after imprisoning a mermaid in a bottle. The tone darkens as the volume progresses, with the innocent as well as the guilty coming to grisly ends. Picture book author Olson (Hurry Home, Grandma!) and folklorist Schwartz (Next Year in Jerusalem) don't exploit the blood and gore of the horror genre; their stories usually end just before the carnage begins, leaving readers with a thrill of horribly delicious anticipation. Rather than striving to impart the different flavors of their original sources, the authors favor a deceptively casual voice throughout, one that would lend itself to a storytelling session around a campfire or after lights out. Final artwork not seen by PW. Ages 8-12. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-A collection of 22 stories, 6 from the United States, and others from Russia, Persia, Mexico, Germany, Iceland, England, Uzbekistan, and Spain, among other places. The retellings are spare, with little description, explanation, or enhancement to the "bare bones" of the tales. Although the selections do not read aloud well, there is the potential for storytellers to create more tellable versions by embellishing upon them with their own style. The strength of this book is in the tales included. Many are hard to find in print, especially for this age group. Source notes appear at the end. The black-and-white charcoal drawings scattered throughout do little to add to the mood of the text. This title will not have the appeal of Alvin Schwartz's "Scary Stories" books (HarperCollins). However, if your scary-story readers have exhausted your current titles, you may want to consider this one.-Molly S. Kinney, Office of Public Library Services, Atlanta, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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