mysterious thrills and chills

Summary:
This is a collection of short stories where things aren't always as they appear. Think Twilight Zone for mid-elementary school kids.
Educational Themes:
There are no educational elements to speak of. Indirectly, the stories may spur your child's imagination in new directions.
Reading Level:
0.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
6 to 12
Age of child:
Read with 6-year-old child.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. At least until they get an editor.
Little Kid Reaction:
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.
Big Kid Reaction:
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.
Pros:

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.

Cons:

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.


Title Mysterious Thrills And Chills
About
Author Laura Hickey
Publisher LH Publications and Productions © 2004
Illustrators Marisa Simmons
ISBN 097490130X
Material Paperback
Cost $5.95
Genres Mystery, Horror
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