by Judith Gorog ; illustrations by Kimberly Bulcken Root.
New York : HarperCollins, c1996.
51 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Take out the trash -- Frankenflopper -- The scary place -- Gar -- My good angel. A collection of scary stories with unpredictable events and bizarre characters.
Lauren Peterson (Booklist, January 1 & 15, 1997 (Vol. 93, No. 9 & 10)) Some youngsters may find these five offbeat stories scary, but most will just find them unusual. The first one contains the most universally scary scenario--an old house with shadows that whisper and creaky stairs that threaten. From there, the stories become progressively milder: a girl creates a giant doll that gives everyone the creeps; three boys hear rustling coming from a mailbox they pass on the way to school; a boy talks his mother into letting him buy a tarantula. In the final story, a boy left in charge of his four-year-old sister must decide whether to take advice from a wicked angel or a good one. A realistic pen-and-ink drawing heads each story, but although the artwork is nicely rendered, it doesn't increase the goose bumps factor. A chapter book for the more fainthearted child who still wants to read something in the genre. Category: Middle Readers. 1996, HarperCollins, $13.95 and $13.89. Gr. 2-4.
Horror tales, American. Children's stories, American. Horror stories. Short stories.