Terrify the Little Children with these Books

Books have been delighting and entrancing children for ages, but they’ve also been scaring the pants off of kids, too. Sometimes for very good reasons, and sometimes for no particular reason at all. Find out what books scared our staff when they were little!

Kelsey’s Pick:
The-sweetest-figThe Sweetest Fig by Chris Van Allsburg
“An evil dentist, a pair of magic figs that make dreams come true, and a revenge-seeking terrier. This book terrified me as a child, mostly because of the bittersweet ending where the dentist gets his due. My fear of this book is probably the reason why I still don’t like figs.”
-Kelsey

Teresa’s Pick:

in a dark dark room

In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz
“I don’t really remember any of the stories in detail, except for “The Green Ribbon”. I hated that story!!! A little girl grows up constantly wearing a green ribbon around her neck. A little boy she has grown up with falls in love with her and on their wedding night he asks to take the green ribbon off her neck, she agrees to it (after years of saying she can’t) and her head falls off!!! I had nightmares for weeks because of that story!!”
-Teresa

Matt’s Pick:

Where_The_Wild_Things_Are_(book)_cover

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
“I remember being kind of freaked out by Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, especially the two monsters with the human and the duck feet (why feet?  I don’t have an answer to that).  And it never did sit well with me when the Wild Things turned on Max at the end of the story. ” -Matt

Tara’s Pick:

scary stories to tell in the dark

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark retold by Alvin Schwartz
“It was the illustrations that scared the hell out of me more than anything. Creepy line drawings that were pure nightmare fuel. I hear they changed the art in the newer versions – perhaps newer generations were deemed less resilient.” -Tara

Allison’s Pick:

little rabbit foo foo

Little Rabbit Foo Foo by Michael Rosen
“Little Rabbit Foo Foo’s creepy illustrations filled me with such a sense of existential dread as a child. ‘Don’t act up, Allison, or Little Rabbit Foo Foo will climb through your window and bop you on the head!!!’ or something like that.” -Allison

 

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