Hello Ro-Bert M. Verbot here! Today I want to talk about the summer book I have been reading:
Scary Stories Treasury by Alvin Schwartz. This book is a volume set and contains Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones. I always wanted to read it and past it over many times while looking at Clarissa’s bookshelf but I finally decided to go ahead and read it!
My original plan was to go to the library and check all three books out separately. (and yes Verbots do go to the library!) However when I found the newer editions, the covers and pictures were different. It made me want to cry Verbot tears! The cover that Clarissa had look way cooler, so I borrowed her book instead.
All three of Alvin Schwartz’s books are great, however my favorite of the three would have to be the second one: More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. All of these stories are quick wonderful short reads and each one is guarantee to linger in your mind for the rest of the day! Some of the books had songs in them. Sometimes when I am bored I end up humming some of the songs from these books. There is also an audio version of these books and Clarissa likes to listen to them while driving.
Alvin Schwartz based a huge majority of these stories from folklore and urban legends and spent about a year researching and writing each book. These books are usually found in the children’s section and they have frequently been on the banned book list by the American Library Association claiming that these books promote violence and that the illustrations by Stephen Gammell are too scary for kids. I think that the illustrations Gammell made for these books gave the reader a surrealist view that not all kid’s stories have a happy ending and these stories are made to make a lasting impression after you finish reading them. I think the illustrations help enhanced that!
The most creepy one I have read so far is called “Wonderful Sausage” about a guy named Samuel Blunt who is a butcher that kills people in his town and uses them in his meat but then the tables turned against him and well… if you want to know what happens make sure you check out these books!
I am giving these books two Verbot hands up! I recommend checking them out and try to find the older editions!
Until Next time!!