written by Al Carusone ; illustrated by Elaine Clayton.
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New York : Clarion Books, c1998.
85 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
A collection of eight spooky stories, including "It Will Grow Back Bigger," "Nightcrawler," and "The Space Behind the Piano."
Kay Weisman (Booklist, August 1998 (Vol. 94, No. 22)) This collection of nine horror stories is geared for middle-grade audiences who think they're ready for Stephen King. They range from the title entry (a boy tries to win a talent contest with a shadow show in which some Tyrannosaurus rex claws become disastrously real) to "The Space behind the Piano" (a girl learns to become younger or older by playing "Oh Susannah" on the piano) to "The After-School Job" (Richard must fight the urge to paint more than one page each night in the "coloring book of last hope"). Stories are short enough for reading aloud, most have surprise endings, and each is illustrated with a pen-and-ink and acrylic drawing by Enid Clayton. Horror story fans, especially those of the author's earlier collection Don't Open the Door after the Sun Goes Down (1994), will enjoy this eerie collection. Category: Middle Readers. 1998, Clarion, $14. Gr. 4-7.
Horror tales, American. Children's stories, American. Horror stories. Short stories.