A Beasty Story

by Bill Martin, Jr. and Steven Kellogg

Aside from the engaging mouse adventurers, what makes this version of the classic... read more

Aside from the engaging mouse adventurers, what makes this version of the classic scary story “In a Dark Dark Room” distinctive, is the addition of colors. “In a dark, dark wood, there was a dark, dark house. (The house is dark brown. I’ll write that down.)” As the observant rodent explorers seek out the beast in the dark purple cupboard, they continually make comments and take notes about the colors of what they are seeing. This device not only turns the familiar story into a color concept book, it also makes it slightly less scary for younger listeners. (Ages 4-7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2000

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