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Scared Witless: Thirteen Eerie Tales to Tell
Stories are powerful. If a story is well told, listeners feel as if they are in a bit of a trance. Storytellers have always loved to tell stories around a campfire. It's the perfect setting to tell a jump story where the whole point is to startle the listeners. These 13 tales come with tips for telling guaranteed to make the listener jump, scream, gasp, and giggle.
Hardcover, 61 pages
Published July 25th 2006 by August House Publishers
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Scared Witless is a collection of and guide to telling “jump” stories. Fans of Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark can kick it up a notch and go from readers to tellers of tales by taking some hints from storytellers Hamilton and Weiss. Stories range from the traditional to the entirely original, and each is followed with suggestions for telling the story to a group. Included in the collection is a fine retelling of “The Red Satin Ribbon” and a couple of groaners that don’t appear...more
This book accomplishes what it sets out to do--instruct children in the art of telling scary stories. The authors include 13 scary stories, after which they give storytelling tips. The advice is very good & easy to understand and the stories are short enough for children to memorize the plot points. My only criticism is that while the stories included in the book may be right on target for some children, I'm afraid that others may feel they are not scary enough. Overall, a thumbs up.
This book had some very silly stories. However, they were a lot of fun as a read aloud! At the end of each story, the author provides suggestions of how to read or act out the story to get the most impact. PLus, each story is only about two pages long.