Scared Silly!
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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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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...more
Casey Brock
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...more
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 4 of 5 stars
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
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
As the cover states, poems, riddles, jokes, stories about scary monsters, witches. Perfect book to read to kids around Halloween.
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.
More about Marc Brown...
Arthur's Eyes (Arthur Adventure Series) Arthur's Halloween (Arthur Adventure Series) Arthur's New Puppy (Arthur Adventure Series) Arthur's Valentine (Arthur Adventure Series) Arthur Writes a Story (Arthur Adventure Series)

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