Judi Bilcliff and Deborah Hinde have taken some well-known classic nursery rhymes and changed them with their own spooky renditions. All types of weird and scary creatures come out in this book from Hector the zombie cat to little ghouls partying down in the woods. They have werewolves visiting the queen, little goblins knocking at the door and vampire dogs. Frankenstein and Dracula are featured along with ogres, goblins and witches.
The language opportunities here are plentiful. The rhymes are peppered with adjectives and delightful descriptions, popping eyes and spiky chins to name but two. These rhymes will inspire imagination and creativity. Where else would Little Bo Peep meet a witch with a twitch and who else do you think she could meet on her way? There are even positive messages to be found as in Liar Liar which touches on a message of kindness. Children and adults alike will soon be singing along and adding their own versions.
The illustrations are bold and captivating. The facial expressions of the characters are especially engaging. As a bonus included at the back of the book there are a “did you know? “ section, jokes and activities. This is a delightful book for the young and not so young to enjoy.
Title: Scary Tales: Rhymes for Brave Children
Author: Judi Bilcliff
Illustrator: Deborah Hinde
Publisher: Picture Book Publishing
Date of Publication: September 2019
Ages: 5+ years
Reviewer: Elaine Wills, Library manager, Enner Glynn School, Nelson
How highly are you recommending this book? Recommended
What’s the book’s opening sentence? Mary had a little ghost
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