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Teeny tiny tingly tales
Van Laan, Nancy.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2001.
Physical Description:
unpaged ; color illustrations ; 26 cm
Three rhyming scary stories.
General Note:
"An Anne Schwartz book."
Reading Level:
AD 670 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.4 0.5 54913.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.9 1 Quiz: 26611 Guided reading level: K.
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What happens when... Old Doctor Wango Tango, along with his rosy, blowsy, noisy nose and crew of lightweight pets, travels to the tip of a "very" windy hill? Two dancing legs; two waving, whirling arms; and one "big" head piece themselves together? A little old lady buries the prickly, tickly, scary, hairy toe that she's found, only to be chased by the "something" that wants it back? Children will tingle with terror and shriek with glee over Nancy Van Laan and Victoria Chess's hilariously spooky -- but not "too" spooky -- read-aloud tales.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5-8. Chess' characteristic grimacing, mad-eyed figures supply the "tingle" in this trio of rhymed mini-tales. All three are gentled-down versions. In "Old Doctor Whango Tango," a mean doctor takes his poorly treated pets to a windy hilltop--whereupon they all blow away; in "It," IT comes downstairs a piece at a time, assembles ITself into an eerily grinning gentleman, then, "with a deafening roar, IT went through the door" for a stroll through town; in the familiar "The Hairy Toe," a little old lady sensibly buries the body part but has to dig it up when "SOMETHING" wants it back. As even melodramatic readings of these episodes will most likely illicit giggles rather than gasps, these are safe choices for holiday sharing, especially with more suggestible children. No source notes. --John Peters

Publisher's Weekly Review

The three rhymed stories in this semi-scary collection vary in their effectiveness, but Chess's quirky illustrations will delight her many fans. Van Laan (When Winter Comes) fills the first two stories with clever wordplay and characters, but the plots fall a bit flat. In "Old Doctor Wango Tango," the author introduces the stingy doctor through diverting descriptionsAplus his petsAat length. Then, in a single page, they are inexplicably blown away by a "wahooing wind." In "It," various body parts come "bounding, "whooshing" and "thumping" down the stairs one at a time, then stick together. But when IT "stroll[s] to town," the wrap-up seems abrupt. The third story appropriates the plot of the old campground ghost story about the golden arm, featuring a hairy toe instead. When the creature screeches, "Give me back my hairy toe!" the old woman returns it and happily goes back to bed. With a touch of Edward Gorey and a scruffy cast of characters, Chess (A Hippopotamusn't) lends this eccentric cast a bit of charm. She portrays the doctor and his creature companions as a sort of misfit family; the various limbs of "IT" seem to belong together even before they join up. The title page of each internal story features an engaging child reading the book who grows increasingly frightened at each tale. More droll than frightening, these teeny tiny tingly tales happily will produce only the smallest of shivers. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-Two lesser-known tales, "Old Doctor Wango Tango" and "It," precede the more familiar "The Hairy Toe" in this delightfully wacky collection, perfect for new readers during the Halloween season, but sure to be enjoyed year-round. All of the stories are succinctly told in rhythmic, tongue-twisting language. Chess's acrylic, watercolor, pastel, colored-pencil, and pencil art extends the tales beautifully. Readers will be drawn in to the book by the cover, which depicts a girl hurrying past a cemetery with a book under her arm, as a pair of arms reaches up over a stone wall to grab her. Inside the covers, they meet the same child on each story's title page. Many of the full- and half-page color illustrations within the book are framed with a thin black line, but characters and items in the pictures spill out over the edges. The layout features plenty of white space, and fonts change to emphasize words. Fans of Joanna Cole's Bony-Legs (Four Winds, 1984) and Alvin Schwartz's In a Dark, Dark Room & Other Scary Stories (HarperCollins, 1984) will relish this title. But don't worry-fun and humor prevail over scares.-Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.