In a Dark, Dark Room is a collection eight scary stories creepy enough to give young readers the chills. “The Green Ribbon” tells of a woman’s severed head being tied on with a ribbon around her neck. In “The Night it Rained” a man discovered the young boy he picked up as a hitch hiker was actually a ghost, the boy had died years ago. Told in simple prose, this book is perfect for beginning readers looking for something scary to read. Zimmer’s illustrations are dark and add a chilling element to Schwartz’s haunting stories. Scary stories rarely become dated – in fact, older stories seem more thrilling! While this book was published over 30 years ago, these retold folklores remain as scary as ever. Today’s students still enjoy In a Dark Dark Room, making it a fitting winner of the 1987 Buckeye Book Award.
Ashley, your upcoming 1987 and 1989 Buckeye Book Award reads are also written by Alvin Swartz (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Even More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark). I know you’re not a fan of spooky tales, so best of luck. Can’t wait to hear your take on these collections of scary stories.
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