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Scared Silly!

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A collection of poems, stories, jokes, and riddles designed to help young readers scale their fears down to size by inviting them to laugh out loud at the things that make them scared silly. Selections include favorite frights from Florence Parry Heide, Bobbi Katz, and Ogden Nash as well as some original shivers specially cooked up for this volume by Marc Brown. Guaranteed ...more
Published by Turtleback Books (first published 1994)
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Jul 06, 2013 Catherine rated it liked it
This is mostly a cute collection of little poems about witches, monsters, etc. However...

Stuck in the middle of this otherwise innocuous book is a story called "I'm Coming Up the Stairs" by Maria Leach which creeped me out...and my husband. Here's an even creepier audio version of it (because I didn't read it nearly this creepily).

We've morphed the story into a new game, but still...I wouldn't have read that one if I'd actually preview
Oct 13, 2015 KarenMLISt rated it really liked it
M. Brown's Illustrations are a great foil for too-scarey Halloween images. Also some 1st graders noticed the similarities between M.Brown's Arthur characters and those in this book (good connection!) Choose carefully for K children as a few readings might still be too scarey just in tone alone. However, I read aloud the Magic Chant (to "be prepared for anything that makes you scared") to grades K-2 and all giggled and loved repeating it with me. I was also thankful that the ryhyming story "One H ...more
Casey Brock
Dec 03, 2009 Casey Brock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry-books
Grade level: read aloud for K and then all elementary

I chose this book originally because I enjoy other Marc Brown books. This book didn't disappoint. Brown uses a creative idea of combining poetry with riddles and jokes. This seems to be a good book to present to children who are hesitant about the idea of poetry. This collection of poems is written all about Halloween and other "spooky" situations. The poems are written by a collection of various artists, but the illustrations done by Brown a
Bvlmc Buchanan Verplanck Elementary School
Poems, jokes, riddles, songs and short stories punctuate this anthology of silly, scary, creepy works designed to make being scared fun. Many authors contributed works to this book.
Jan 26, 2015 Beverly rated it really liked it
Shelves: j-poetry
Most of these poems are more silly and humorous than scary.
Oct 11, 2012 Kayla rated it it was amazing
This is a picture book filled with poems, jokes, riddles and short stories. It is a great book to have because having a short funny joke when you and the kids are all stressed out can really help when you guys are having a long day. Kids will love the gross and silly stuff in this book. I would love to have this in my classroom. And poetry is so important to read to the kids.
Oct 04, 2009 Pat rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: grades K-6
Shelves: poetry
Wonderful assortment of poems, short stories, jokes, and riddles from great authors such as Jack Prelutsky, Jane Yolen, Judith Viorst, compiled and illustrated by Marc Brown.

Great classroom source for all teachers.
Emerson School  Library
read aloud K, 1st & 2nd grade Halloween poetry 10/2010
mixed bag - some was too scarey for kindergarten - choose carefully (they liked Countdown and Knock Knock jokes and Witches Four)
Savannah Shields
Oct 17, 2012 Savannah Shields rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book, poetry
Very good book that contains halloween based poems that are great for elementary school kids. Has every kind of halloween idea and theme imaginable put into amazing fun poems.
Lenny Husen
Jul 27, 2013 Lenny Husen rated it really liked it
As the cover states, poems, riddles, jokes, stories about scary monsters, witches. Perfect book to read to kids around Halloween.
Jul 01, 2009 Meadow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kid-lit
This book introduced my kid to Ogden Nash. She is a fan.
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Marc Tolon Brown is perhaps best known for his Arthur series of children's books.

He lives on Martha's Vineyard and in New York City with his wife, Laurie Krasny Brown. He has three children, sons Tolon and Tucker, and daughter Eliza. The names of his two sons have been hidden in all of the Arthur books except for one: Arthur's Tooth.
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