HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Spooky Tricks
Authors: Rose Wyler and Gerald Ames
Illustrator: S. D. Schindler
Publisher: HarperCollins, revised edition published in 1994
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Wyler, Rose, and Ames, Gerald. Spooky Tricks (published in 1968 by Harper and Row; republished in 1975 by Scholastic Books). When he was younger, even while learning how to read, our older son Mark liked books about tricks and “magic” (prestidigitation, not the occult). We often checked holiday-themed books out of the library to give him extra practice and to supplement his homeschool studies about special days. On Halloween, when the night is dark, shadows creep around, and voices whisper in the gloom at a time of ghosts and spooks and scary things, who will do the magic? You can. You can do spooky tricks and scare everyone, even yourself. Are you ready?
In this book, originally published in 1968 but revised and republished as An I Can Read Book Level 3 Paperback in 1994, young readers will learn the secrets of several dazzling tricks and put on a Halloween show that’s sure to shock their friends. Stunts include being able to make cards rise, a girl disappear, and a boy float, as well as old favorites like messages in invisible ink, disappearing coins, and a phantom finger. Each short chapter contains one trick with instructions that are really easy to read and understand. The pictures help illustrate the tricks and feature kids in costumes, with vampires, witches, ghosts, and werewolves. Kids who do the tricks will find the book fun and those who see them will be amazed.