Scary tales well told: Fright nights for the kids, USA Today Weekend
Oct. 11, 2012
USA Today weekend
Listening to scary stories is a Halloween must. Get your fright on with Tales2go.com, an award-winning subscription service (first 30 days are free) of kids’ audio books. Recommended titles:
Ages 7+.Vassalissa and the Babba Yagga is the Russian tale about a brave girl who outwits an evil witch. Don’t be fooled: H.G. Wells’ The Inexperienced Ghost takes a scary turn. In Banyan Tree Tale, will a trip to the outhouse reveal a ghost?
Ages 9+.The Eeny Weeny Beeny Ghost is the silliest scary story ever told. Take a ride with Ichabod Crane, Brom Bones and the Headless Horseman in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Warning: Don’t listen to I’m Hungry with a full stomach.
Ages 12+. In Avi’s The Man Who Was Poe, things are never what they appear to be. The Tales of Terror is a potpourri of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s imaginings. Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heartis a terrifying rite of passage.
By Claire Green, president of Parents’ Choice Foundation, a non-profit guide to quality children’s media and toys (http://parents-choice.org)