This is a collection of short stories where things aren't always as they appear. Think Twilight Zone for mid-elementary school kids.
There are no educational elements to speak of. Indirectly, the stories may spur your child's imagination in new directions.
9 to 12
6 to 12
Read with 6-year-old child.
Borrow. At least until they get an editor.
When asked, our first grader will say the stories are "good," in the same tone of voice used to describe the day in school. That said, it was re-requested for several nights running.
Don't try this book with kids under five. The stories aren't too spooky, but the younger kids just won't get it. Some stories ended a little flat--just ended, without a proper catharsis or climax.
The first thing to know is, these did NOT cause nightmares in a six-year-old boy. The stories are short, suitable for bedtime reading, and the "horror" of the stories is drawn from suspense and odd twists (boy turning into a snail, boy wishes for twin brother and gets an evil twin one day). They do NOT rely on blood and gore.
You can tell this was a self-published book. The awkward word choices and typos were enough to distract the adult reader, let alone a developing reader.