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The Crow (A Not-So-Scary Story)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  45 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Here is a not so scary story about a girl who sees a crow outside her window—and what can happen when you let your imagination get the better of you. Kids will find this spooky story compelling and adults may recognize it as a fun and creative riff on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.”
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Gabrielle Blockton
Date: November 3rd, 2014

Author: Alison Paul

Title: The Crow: A Not So Scary Story

Plot: A sleepy young man finds himself in fear when a crow is found in the young man's tree outside his home.

Setting: Young boy's home

Characters: Young boy (unnamed)

Point-of-View: First-Person (young boy is the main character)

Theme: Fear

Style: The picture-book is loosely written as an ode to Allen Edgar Poe, plus it is written not as a narrative, but as poetry.

Copyright: 2007

Notes: Really cool book to have. This wo
Matthew Meehan
Oct 12, 2011 Matthew Meehan rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read. It is geniously written and envokes the feeling of Edgar Allen Poe in this particular book. Only, it isn't meant to be scary. I thought everything about this book was done perfectly; a wraparound cover page that has practically 3 different illustrations (front, back and wraparound), the text chosen fit the theme incredibly well, and the rhyming parts put it over the top. Her illustrations are collages done with hand-dyed paper (with ornate patterns none the less)and, ag ...more
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Sep 26, 2010 Erin Reilly-Sanders rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, picturebook
I liked the style of the illustrations but thought that maybe they moved too much across the page. For some reason, the connection between the imagined pirate, wizard, thief, and king and the crow was a little difficult to get, especially since the cover announces that it's a crow and pictures make it look very crow like. I liked the text, but thought that it might be difficult to read and a little long to get to the point. I think I'd need to read this one aloud and get some more reactions to g ...more
Alicia Scully
Apr 27, 2012 Alicia Scully rated it really liked it
One late night, a girl notices a crow outside her window and she then lets her imagination get a little carried away. She thinks of bandits and several other characters and scares herself. Overall, the story is about how your imagination can be the scariest thing during the night. Some young readers might find the book scary, but it's really not meant to be at all. I quite enjoyed it.
Mar 04, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it
I am so in love in the concept of this book, and characters of this book, and even the illustrations of this book, but somehow it is not quite perfect. The poem is fun to read out loud, and it does slightly evoke the feeling of Poe, but I guess I was hoping for that killer refrain as in Poe's original.
Sep 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Captivating collage and haunting yet hip verse demonstrate the fear and folly of fleeting first impressions.

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Sep 30, 2007 Katie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Poe
This is Alison Paul's ode to Poe...

Such a cute book. I had to pick it up because my daughter likes crows and says "Caw, caw!" when she hears them.
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An ode to Poe's crow.
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Good story - nice read aloud.
Jul 16, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
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Crows aren't so scary after all...
Jul 31, 2016 Garren rated it it was ok
A half-ass modernization of The Raven. I guess.
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