The Crow (A Not-So-Scary Story)
by Alison Paul
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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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
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
Apr 27, 2012 Alicia Scully rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.