Strange and Spooky Stories, 1997 edition, retold by Andrew Fusek Peters.


Tales retold by Andrew Fusek Peters. Illustrated by Zdenka Kabatova-Taborska. First edition, 1997. The Millbrook Press. Brookfield, Connecticut.

"What would you do if you met a ghost? Or if you saw a skull that started to talk? And if you were told that the standing stones on the bill behind you came to life on Midsummer's Eve would you believe your ears?"

Strange and Spooky Stories is a collection of nine tales from different cultures and traditions. A talking skull helps a poor man in India, a statue comes to life and saves a Czechoslovakian girl from a witch, and in Germany, a clever trick outwits Death.


Otesahnek the Wooden Doll (Czech Republic)
The Woman Who Tricked Death (Central Europe)
A Very Scary Ghost Story (Ireland)
The Tale One, the Broad One, and the Sharp-Eyed One (Czech Republic)
The Hungry Farmer (North America)
The Talking Skull (Africa)
The Boy Who Could Not Touch the Ground (Czech Republic)
Simon and the Fish (Ireland)
Three Standing Stones (England)

Andrew Fusek Peters (1965 - ) is a British writer, poet and wildlife photographer. He has written over 100 books for children and young adults, many of them inspired by folk tales and myths. He is also a storyteller who performs in schools and festivals.
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Condition: Near Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket: Light wear along upper edge; lightly bumped at top corners and head of spine. Illustrated cover boards. Name on half-title page, else pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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