In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin SchwartzThis book is hands down one of my favorite childrens books. My kindergarten teacher read this to us Halloween (1989) and I fell in love with it. The story of the little girl named Jenny with the ribbon around her neck really stuck with me. In middle school and high school I started asking people if they ever read a book with that story in it, or heard of it. No one did. As an adult I was determined to find it but I didnt remember what it looked like. Every Halloween season I would look in bookstores and ask booksellers if they ever heard that story. I was beginning to think that I made it up.
I started working at Borders Books & Music (R.I.P.) fall of 2005 and started working in the childrens section doing inventory and merchandising. This book was on a cart that I was re-shelving in the I Can Read Book spinners and I happened to flip through it. Oh my god I was so excited. I bought it that day and then I had the author and the title and was able to order some in hard cover.
Now when I wander through Barnes and Noble I sometimes see the hardcover in the bargain books section during Halloween time. I make sure to pick up a copy and I give them to my nieces and children of my friends. I just bought a new one to use when I work with young children so I can keep my copy nice.
In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories (I Can Read Book Series: Level 2)
Shivering skeletons, ghostly pirates, chattering corpses, and haunted graveyards Share these seven spine-tingling stories in a dark, dark room. Alvin Schwartz is known for a body of work of more than two dozen books of folklore for young readers that explores everything from wordplay and humor to tales and legends of all kinds. Read more Read less. About the Author Alvin Schwartz is known for a body of work of more than two dozen books of folklore for young readers that explores everything from wordplay and humor to tales and legends of all kinds.
My son brought this book home from school and we read it together and enjoyed it! Now he can't stop reading it so I am very glad it has his interest. I would use this book during Halloween time to try and create a scary mood for them by turning off lights and having flashlights. There are some stories like "The Green Ribbon" that would be too scary to read to children however but good retelling of scary stories. This has the story of the Green Ribbon- what more need I say? It also has other, less scary, less favored ghost stories. Read "The Green Ribbon.
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It was published as part of the I Can Read! The third story in the book, "The Green Ribbon", follows a girl named Jenny. She always wears a green ribbon around her neck, and meets a boy named Alfred. She refuses to reveal to Alfred why she wears the ribbon, and even when the two are wed, she wears the ribbon. After reaching old age, Jenny lets Alfred untie the ribbon, causing her head to fall onto the floor. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.