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The Hobyahs

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Once upon a time, a little girl lived with an old man and woman and their five faithful dogs in a tiny house at the edge of a forest. Deep in the forest lived goblins called Hobyahs, plotting mischief against the people in the tiny house. Who will help them when the Hobyahs come creeping out of the woods in the dead of night? This spooky story will keep kids on the edge of ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published May 2nd 1996 by Yearling (first published November 1st 1993)
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Dec 05, 2014 Mariel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: woods by night
Recommended to Mariel by: turpie barked loudest of all
Silent as the snakes that glide across the forest floor,
Silent as the will-o'-wisps that haunt the reedy shore,
The Hobyahs came....

Furry monsters plot between their pointed ears. Between their hungry fellows they exchange knowing plans. Rumble in my tummy pass it on. The nothing that escapes their sharp teeth is a sound relative of darkness threatening to make you take its place. They have the kind of eyes that foretell entrails and blood to sop up the fleshy bits. Waiting in bushes eyes. To me
Good read-aloud, scarier for 1st graders than 2nd graders. Whispering in the right places, and using raspy Hobyah voices help maintain the tone. (The dogs' names annoy me, but that's a personal preference.)
Apr 01, 2016 Valerie rated it liked it
A slightly scary tale, based on an Australian version of a Scottish folk tale. The Hobyahs are planning an attack on an old man, old woman and young girl. San Souci adds some poetical phrases to add to the menace as well as a repetitive refrain chanted by the Hobyans to add to the read out loud aspect of the book
Nov 17, 2009 Marcie rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Good scary Halloween read.
Oct 07, 2016 Haley rated it really liked it
One folktale with a very solid moral everyone should learn from--appreciate your dogs.
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