Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Review: Guys Read: Terrifying Tales edited by Jon Scieszka

Guys Read: Terrifying TalesTitle:Guys Read: Terrifying Tales
Edited By: Jon Scieszka 
Source/Format: Won, Hardback
More Details: Middle Grade
Publisher/Publication Date: Walden Pond Press, September 1, 2015

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Synopsis from Goodreads...

Be afraid, be very afraid of Terrifying Tales, the sixth volume in the Guys Read Library of Great Reading.

Eleven masters of suspense—Kelly Barnhill, Michael Buckley, Adam Gidwitz, Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown, Claire Legrand, Nikki Loftin, Daniel José Older, Dav Pilkey, R.L. Stine, and Rita Williams-Garcia—have come together to bring you a bone-chilling collection of original ghost stories with illustrations by Gris Grimly, perfect for sharing around the campfire, reading under the covers with a flashlight, and scaring your friends’ pants off.

Compiled and edited by kid-lit madman Jon Scieszka, Guys Read: Terrifying Tales is a creepy-fun read (if you’re brave enough, that is)...
With any collection of stories I’m bound to have my favorites, while there are some that I won’t enjoy as much. The same goes for Guys Read: Terrifying Tales. It was a very interesting, and at times a spooky collection of stories. I’m going to talk about a couple of my favorites in no particular order.

Don’t Eat the Baby by Kelly Barnhill was a good take on the age-old adage of being very careful with what you wish for. The fine print of something considered to be a simple wish, was clearly highlighted with this story.

My Ghost Story by Dav Pilkey was a really nice story about—as the title suggests—ghosts. The illustrations on this one were incredibly nice, and the story was just a really good one.

Marcos at the River by Daniel José Older was definitely one of my favorites. It wasn’t too spooky, but it was a well-done story.

Disappear! by R.L. Stine was another good one that I really liked. It basically shows that expectations might not be how a person actually is despite the persona they put on for the public eye. While this one wasn’t so spooky, the magic aspect was nice.

And last, but certainly not least, Clair Legrand’s The Mandigore. This story was really spooky and it involved libraries, so, it was right up my alley. There were a lot of aspects that I liked about it, but I don't want to tell too much because it would lead to spoilers.

Overall, I liked this collection, and I would consider picking up books by some of the authors.

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