Scarum Fair

Scarum Fair by Jessica Swaim and Carol Ashley is a picture book, but it may be a little scary for younger readers.  Upper elementary grade children, however, will devour this book, especially around Halloween. The illustrations remind me of the animation of Tim Burton (Corpse Bride and The Nightmare Before Christmas), so many students may make a connection there. The poems are clever and include some fairly sophisticated vocabulary that could lead students to explore what the words mean.

This book is a little scary, but the rhymes are clever, the illustrations are perfect for the text, and students will love it, especially those drawn to scary stories with touches of humor.

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