And Other Warped and Creepy Tales
Review posted January 24, 2015.
A Tom Doherty Associates Book, New York, 2014. 174 pages.
I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did. I thought I'd just dip into it, and the first story had me laughing out loud. Mind you, the book got a little long for my taste, but I don't think kids will have the same problem. And there's a simple solution: The stories are short, so just read one or two at a time. Even when I thought I was getting tired of it, I found myself picking it up again, and smiling by the time I put it down.
Think of this book as short episodes of The Twilight Zone for kids. It reminded me of Half-Minute Horrors, only with somewhat less variety, since all the stories were written by the same author. However, don't get me wrong -- there is plenty of variety. Some stories are scary, some have bad kids come to a rotten end, some are hugely funny, most have twist endings, and almost all are very clever.
This book, like Half-Minute Horrors, would be easy to booktalk. Simply read your favorite story -- they are all very short -- and you will immediately hook the readers who like this sort of thing.
I can't really describe details of the stories without giving away the twists. But David Lubar covers things like what parents will do to get out of throwing a birthday party, technology gone crazy, monsters coming to life, the dangers of being all wrapped up in your phone, alien contact, and how if you're not nice, it may come back to bite you. Basically, "Warped and Creepy Tales" sums up the book nicely.