Bean Stalker and Other Hilarious Scarytales, Kiersten White


 Bean Stalker and Other Hilarious Scarytales, Kiersten White, Scholastic Press, (9780545945868), 2017

Format: Uncorrected Proof

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Fantasy

What did you like about the book?  In this very twisted fairy tale collection favorite characters have undergone some creepy changes.  Snow White is a vampire, Cinderella and Prince Charring are pyromaniacs, Red Riding Hood is a thug and Goldilocks is a zombie hunter.  Linking all ten short chapters is the Stepmother who tries to keep all of these creepy kids in check.  Humor appears in some mistaken wordplay.  Jack mistakes p-e-a for p-e-e, making for a quite disgusting version of The Princess and the Pea (Pee?)   Each chapter ends with a twisted nursery rhyme such as “Rock-a-bye baby, In the treetops/Who put you up there? Let’s call the cops.  The cops are all zombies, So is the town/You’re safe up there, We won’t get you down.”  The narrator also adds some fun by directly speaking to and warning the reader:  “This is getting scary. Let’s skip ahead.  The baby was born, covered in blood. Babies are gross. You were warned.”  The book  will include artwork that was not yet finalized.  This is sure to appeal to readers who like a little horror with their fairytales.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?   Readers who enjoy twisted fairy tales and wordplay will enjoy this collection of scarytales.  Sure to appeal to fans of R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps series.

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and elementary and middle school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? Yes if you like twisted fairy tales.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  5/20/17             

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