________________ CM . . . . Volume VIII Number 1 . . . . September 7, 2001

cover Don't Go Into the Forest! (Easy-to-Read Spooky Tales).

Veronika Martenova Charles. Illustrated by Leanne Franson.
Toronto, ON: Stoddart Kids, 2001.
56 pp., pbk., $7.95.
ISBN 0-7737-6190-X.

Subject Headings:
Horror Tales, Canadian (English).
Children's Stories, Canadian (English).

Grades 1-4 / Ages 6-9.

Review by Harriet Zaidman.

*** /4

excerpt:

Saturday afternoon our family arrived at the cottage.

My friends, Leon and Marcos, were with us. "It's hot!", said Leon.

"I'm thirsty!" complained Marcos.

"Hold on!" I said, and I went to talk to my mother.'

"Can we go to the store to buy ice cream?"

"Yes," said my mother.

"Be home before dark, and don't go into the forest!"
Forests are spooky places, and they are always great fodder for scary stories with which children can terrify themselves. Don't Go Into the Forest! is a sequel toDon't Open the Door!, with three friends telling each other stories as they get lost in the woods. The three stories are from different ethnic groups. "Little People" and "Pot Woman" are from Native American cultures, although the endnotes do not specify from which tribe. The third story, about the Berbalangs comes from the folklore of the Philippines. None of the stories is terribly frightening, and all are appropriate for young or immature readers who want to use their imaginations.

     The language is suited to strong younger readers who are keen to get their hands on chapter books, as well as children in the higher end of the target age group who don't want to read a picture book. The black and white drawings which frequent the double-spaced pages will keep readers interested. The cover illustration of three scared-looking boys lost in a forest will be a draw, especially to boys. The softcover trade format of 56 pages makes this book appropriate for the classroom or home reading.

Recommended.

Harriet Zaidman is a Winnipeg, MB, teacher-librarian.

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ISSN 1201-9364

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