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Book: Spooky Riddles
Author and Illustrator: Marc Brown
Publisher: Beginner Books, republished in 1984
ISBN-13: 978-0394860930 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0394860934 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0001714236 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0001714236 (Paperback)
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 5 and up
Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Brown, Marc. Spooky Riddles (published in 1983 by Random House Books for Young Readers; republished in 1984 by Beginner Books). What do you call a mummy that eats cookies in bed? A crummy mummy! When our boys were little, they absolutely adored books with jokes and riddles. Marc Brown is usually thought of as the creator of the bestselling Arthur Adventure book series and the companion series featuring D.W., Arthur’s little sister, but he has written numerous other books for children. Brown’s love of zany situations provides an entertaining riddle book which, with its shining, full-color illustrations, is a pleasure to look at as well as to read. Ghosts, witches, vampires, and mummies are characters as popular with children as riddles so that young readers will adore reading this by themselves and older children can delight in the riddles.
“I can read it all by myself” is the Beginner Books motto, and behind it is an understanding of how important it is for children to take pride and pleasure in their early reading. Beginner Books have been designed to appeal directly to children through the use of humor, rhyme, and bright pictures that can be ‘read’ even by the non-reading child. Some Beginner Books are simple stories, others are hilarious nonsense, but both types have been designed to give children confidence and make them want to go on reading. Concerning Spooky Riddles, the riddles are easy to understand, the text is not too challenging, and the pictures are silly looking and not scary at all, but I also noticed that some teenagers said that they still remember the book from childhood and like it. It’s especially good if you’re looking for jokes to tell your friends at Halloween parties. What does a witch ask for at a hotel? Broom service!