Mini Review: In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories

Title In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories
Author Alvin Schwartz, Victor Rivas (illustrator)
Format Kindle Edition
Page Length 64
Publication Date 25 Jul 2017
Publisher HarperCollins
Read Date 25 Sep 2017
Rating 3.776659 stars – Recommended

In a dark, dark room, in a soft, soft voice, tell a scary story!

Newly reillustrated, this classic I Can Read full of spooky stories is perfect for beginning readers who love a bit of a scare.

Victor Rivas’s silly and spooky art will introduce a new generation to stories inspired by traditional folktales like “The Teeth,” “In the Graveyard,” “The Green Ribbon,” “In A Dark, Dark Room,” “The Night It Rained,” “The Pirate,” and “The Ghost of John.”

The original edition has won many state awards and is an ALA Notable Children’s Book.

In a Dark, Dark Room is a Level Two I Can Read book, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help.


Well, that was a fun little read. I came across this on bibliobeth’s blog review.

As it is coming up to Halloween I like to sit in the garden with my nieces and do a bit of a Halloween/Samhain campfire where we roast marshmallows and tell scary stories. HEATHENS! You can be sure that this book will be making an appearance on that night!

Although these stories are very much intended for use with children, it did make me laugh that they reminded me of many of the short ‘horror’ stories that one may find on the reddit dot com. You know, the ones where the twist at the end is always ‘and it turns out they were dead all along!’

Anyway, I’m off to tie a green ribbon round my neck. Peace and Love.

LINKSGoodreads | Amazon UK | Amazon US


  1. Ooo this sounds like a cute, fun read! I agree, being scared is fun when there’s no danger. It’s the adrenaline! The rush you get from hearing something spooky enough that it chills you to the bone!
    I might have to pick this up for my kid brother and sister. A couple of years ago, they had this obsession with sitting on their trampoline with me and making me tell them spooky stories (children are strange :P). With Halloween just around the corner, I think they’d like this!

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    1. Telling stories with kids is so much fun! My niece will often sit with me and make me tell her stories. But of course I often get the story wrong (even though I’m making it up as I go along) and she corrects me as to what REALLY happens. It’s like having a mini editor sitting on my knee and giving me immediate ‘feedback’! XD

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      1. She’s just turned 8, but she’s a dinky little creature. I’ve been telling her stories since she was about 5. Occasionally I will casually slip in a character with her name and her eyes light up and she gets very excited. It’s rather adorable.

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  2. I’m kinda jealous because when my niece and nephew came along I was 8 (and 9) myself back then… so, now they’re all grown up and I guess we have different bit of fun whenever I do manage to meet them…

    The illustrations actually look fabulous and I sure do hope you enjoy the Halloween campfire with the little ones 🙂

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