Scary, Mysterious & Fantastical Stories

Rodzilla

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Age-o-Meter: 4-7, Scare-o-Meter: 2 | 0 comments

Rodzilla

SNATCH A STORY     THE WICKED READ   Rodzilla By Rob Sanders Illustrated by Dan Santat Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster ISBN-13: 9781481457798 Age Range: 4 – 8 Years This just in! There’s a Rodzilla on the loose! Is he a monster…or just your typical toddler? Tune in for the full report in this riotous picture book from Rob Sanders and Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat. Rodzilla is the mightiest toddler to ever roam the streets of the city. Marvel at the sight of his chubby monstrosity. Gaze at his...

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Mothman’s Curse

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Scare-o-Meter: 8 | Comments Off on Mothman’s Curse

Mothman’s Curse

SNATCH A STORY     THE WICKED READ   Mothman’s Curse By Christine Hayes Illustrated by James Hindle Published by Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Ages 8 – 12 Josie may live in the most haunted town in America, but the only strange thing she ever sees is the parade of oddball customers that comes through her family’s auction house each week. But when she and her brothers discover a Polaroid camera that prints pictures of the ghost of local recluse John Goodrich, they are drawn into a mystery dating back over a hundred years....

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Bunnies!!!

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Age-o-Meter: 4-8, Scare-o-Meter: 2 | Comments Off on Bunnies!!!

Bunnies!!!

SNATCH A STORY   This slideshow requires JavaScript.   THE WICKED READ   Bunnies!!! By Kevan Atteberry Illustrated by Kevan Atteberry Published by HarperCollins Publishers ISBN-13: 9780062307835 Age Range: 4 – 8 Years When a friendly monster spots a group of bunnies in the woods, his delight is contagious! And when they’re gone, how he misses them so! With bright illustrations and a simple text, this is the most fun type of read aloud and one that mirrors most every toddler’s emotional life. Bunnies!!!, by...

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Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Scare-o-Meter: 2 | Comments Off on Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella

Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella

SNATCH A STORY   Close your eyes and listen to the awesome opening to Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella (Tyme #2):   First hear from Ella….   …and then from Serge.   THE WICKED READ   Disenchanted: The Trials of Cinderella (Tyme #2) By Megan Morrison Series: Tyme Book Published by  Scholastic, Inc. ISBN-13: 9780545642712 Audiobook Published by Scholastic Audio Narrated by Susan Hanfield & Ramon de Ocampo Age Range: 8 – 12 Years Ella Coach has one wish: revolution. Her mother died working in...

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Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Age-o-Meter:: 10-14, Scare-o-Meter:: 10 | Comments Off on Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle

Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle

SNATCH A STORY   Close your eyes and listen to the chilling opening Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle:   THE WICKED READ   The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle By Janet Fox Published by Penguin Young Readers Group Age Range: 10 – 14 Years “An enchanting, ghostly story that had me in its grip until the last page.”  —Jennifer A. Nielsen, New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of The False Prince “Keep calm and carry on.”  That’s what Katherine Bateson’s father told her, and that’s what she’s trying to...

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The Nian Monster

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Age-o-Meter: 4-8, Scare-o-Meter: 2 | Comments Off on The Nian Monster

The Nian Monster

SNATCH A STORY     THE WICKED READ   The Nian Monster By Andrea Wang Illustrated by Alina Chau Published by Albert Whitman & Company ISBN-13: 9780807556429 Age Range: 4 – 8 Years Tong tong! The legendary Nian monster has returned at Chinese New Year. With horns, scales, and wide, wicked jaws, Nian is intent on devouring Shanghai, starting with Xingling! The old tricks to keep him away don’t work on Nian anymore, but Xingling is clever. Will her quick thinking be enough to save the city from the Nian Monster?...

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Rules for Ghosting

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Age-o-Meter: 8-12, Scare-o-Meter: 5 | Comments Off on Rules for Ghosting

Rules for Ghosting

SNATCH A STORY   Scene from the middle grade novel Rules for Ghosting (Chapter 10): Wiley the Ghosterminator flipped the switch and beamed at Oliver. “There, you see these numbers? Right around here—mid-forties—that’s average. Normal, non-haunted atmosphere. But look at that needle—see it rise? Great gadzooks! I haven’t seen such a reading in—well, in quite a while, I assure you.” Wiley’s eyes bulged and Oliver leaned over to watch as the needle climbed up, and up, and up. Finally it hovered near the very top of the narrow screen. “These...

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Good Night, Baddies

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Age-o-Meter: 4-8, Scare-o-Meter: 2 | Comments Off on Good Night, Baddies

Good Night, Baddies

SNATCH A STORY     THE WICKED READ   Good Night, Baddies By Deborah Underwood Illustrated by Juli Kangas Published by Beach Lane Books ISBN-13: 9781481409841 Age Range: 4 – 8 Years Get to know the softer side of your favorite fairy tale baddies as they return home from a full day of scheming to enjoy a yummy dinner together and help one another get ready for bed. Wolves, today was not so good. You didn’t catch Red Riding Hood. You huffed and puffed without success. But brush your fangs, please, nonetheless. Wicked...

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The Problem with NOT Being Scared of Monsters

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Age-o-Meter: 7-10, Scare-o-Meter: 2 | Comments Off on The Problem with NOT Being Scared of Monsters

The Problem with NOT Being Scared of Monsters

SNATCH A STORY   The following is an excerpt from the forthcoming chapter book, FOM: Creature in the Basement (a spin-off of the popular picture book The Problem with NOT Being Scared of Monsters)… “Constance! Constance!” I turn to find my little brother standing on his tiptoes on the couch. “Geebs, calm down. It’s just a spider,” I say. The spider is standing in the middle of the living room floor. And that is more than Geebs can handle. “Get rid of it! Get rid of it!” he screams at me. “Why don’t you get rid of it?” I snap back....

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The Monstore

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Age-o-Meter: 4-7, Scare-o-Meter: 2 | Comments Off on The Monstore

The Monstore

SNATCH A STORY     THE WICKED READ   The Monstore By Tara Lazar Illustrated by James Burks Published by Aladdin ISBN-13: 9781442420175 Age Range: 4 – 7 Years The Monstore is a one-stop shop for all your monsterly needs in this enormously funny story that’s full of friendly, kooky creatures. At the back of Frankensweet’s Candy Shoppe, under the last box of sour gumballs, there’s a trapdoor. Knock five times fast, hand over the bag of squirmy worms, and you can crawl inside The Monstore. The Monstore is the place to go for...

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