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Boo! : stories to make you jump
Cecil, Laura.
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Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, 1990.
Physical Description:
93 pages ; 29 cm
A collection of scary stories and poems, with an emphasis on monsters, ghosts, and witches.
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PZ5.C27 BO 1990 Juvenile Non-Fiction Work Room
PZ5.C27 BO 1990 Juvenile Fiction Holiday

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A collection of scary stories and poems, with an emphasis on monsters, ghosts, and witches.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2-5. Including 17 poems and stories about ghosts and weird goings on, Editor Cecil's collection is a real mixed bag. Familiar tales like "The Three Billy-Goats-Gruff" stand side-by-side with lesser known pieces. Margaret Mahy's "The Ghost Who Came Out of the Book" is one of the best of these. More playful than really scary (as is true of most of the selections), it's a clever yarn about a ghost who departs from the pages of a book and enters a world much more shocking than his own--one filled with noisy vacuums, hot ovens, and whirring mixers. Some of the poetry is splendid, too, its sheer silliness guaranteed to elicit giggles. In "The Hairy Toe," a woman finds a toe on the ground and later discovers that its owner wants it back--immediately! Equally delightful is Jack Prelutsky's lead-off rhyme, "Countdown," a counting verse that concludes with a hearty "Boo." Not all the selections are easy to grasp; younger children will need help here and there. But the illustrations, many of which are done in black-and-white wash, capture the pleasurably chilling tone of the selections, and the book will be handy not only as a source for Halloween readalouds, but also as a reservoir for campfire tales. ~--Stephanie Zvirin

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-4 --A compilation of 17 not terribly scary short stories and poems illustrated with Clark's lively pen-and-ink and watercolor drawings. The traditional stories include such favorites as ``The Hairy Toe,'' ``The Three Billy-Goats-Gruff,'' and ``The King o' the Cats.'' Poems are also standard fare. Most of the selections are easily found in other anthologies or in single-volume versions. The book appears, at first glance, to be a picture book, and indeed, young children will respond favorably upon hearing it. However, the length of the stories, the large typeface, and the subtly humorous illustrations make it ideally suited for newly independent readers. --Molly Kinney, North Dade Regional Lib . , Miami, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.