Boo-Tickle Tales: Not-So-Scary Stories for Ages 4-9 (Paperback)

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 The attraction of scary stories begins very early in childhood, but the fortitude to be truly scared comes later. So where are the scary stories for young children? Educators and storytellers, Ford and Norfolk deliver a silly and gently spooky collection of jumps, laughs, interactive moments, and mostly happy endings to satisfy the curious-for-creepy Pre-K through Grade 4 set. Their weirdly funny and gently scary collection of adapted folktales, original stories, and verses will delight those who enjoy being surprised more than being scared. 

This book is for: 

Parents, grandparents, and other mentors who work with children developmentally aged 4 to 9 

Educators, librarians and others serving young listeners, who like silly and creepy stories, but may not like very scary material 

Audiences ages 4-9, who like creepy but not-too-scary stories. 

Twelve pen-and-ink drawings based on folktale motifs complement the fanciful tone of the book.

About the Author

 Lyn Ford has performed stories from her African-American heritage in Appalachia at the National Storytelling Festival and scores of educational conferences and storytelling festivals coast-to-coast. Her previous books include Affrilachian Tales, Beyond the Briar Patch, and Hot Wind, Boiling Rain: Scary Stories for Strong Hearts. Sherry Norfolk is a former chair of the National Storytelling Network and co-author of The Moral of the Story. Both Ford and Norfolk have decades of experience and many recognitions as award-winning professional storytellers and authors, and as teaching artists who are noted for their work with adults and children of all ages.

Praise For…

“This silly and gently spooky collection of jumps, laughs, interactive moments, and mostly happy endings to satisfy the curious-for-creepy ages 4 to 9 set.”


— Laura Packer, Storyteller and Blogger

“Two veteran storyteller-teaching artists—each already an author in her own right—have teamed up to create this ultimate, fun-filled, comprehensive scary story resource—packed to the gills with tales and tips for telling. They’ve covered all the bases, taking into account the developmental levels and varied learning styles of young children to insure maximum enjoyment for children, parents, teachers, librarians and caregivers. I love it!”

— Charlotte Blake Alston, storyteller, narrator, librettist, former early childhood educator

“A must-have for elementary teachers and families, this book will help you discover a variety of tales, tips for telling them, and how to choose the perfect story for children of different ages. These ‘cozy, creepy tales’ are ready-to-tell or read aloud as soon as you crack the spine.”

— Yvonne Healy, professional storyteller and past president, National Storytelling Network

"With wit & wisdom, these gifted storytellers have written an indispensable book for teachers, librarians, parents, and anyone who enjoys sharing scary stories with children. They present familiar tales with a new twist and give specific tips so even beginning tellers will be able to share the stories effectively. ”

— Connie Pottle, Storyteller & Youth Services Manager, Delaware County District Library

Product Details
ISBN: 9781624910678
ISBN-10: 162491067X
Publisher: Parkhurst Brothers Publishers Inc
Publication Date: March 1st, 2017
Pages: 176
Language: English