5-Minute Spooky Stories
Author: Disney Book Group
Publisher: Disney Press
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This 188-page book (hardcover with a padded cover) is in the same format as most Disney storybooks for readers 3 to 5 years old; the preschool to kindergarten first readers. It is a collection of twelve Halloween-themed short stories, 14 to 16 pages each of large type and full-color pictures, taking an estimated five minutes for a child to read. Each is written by the Disney Book Group and illustrated by the Disney Storybook Art Team (various authors and artists). Each story features the characters of a famous Disney or Pixar animated feature. (The small-print copyright page lists the individual authors, and which stories are original – updated to recent Disney movies — and which are reprinted from earlier Disney children’s books, many from Disney’s 2003 Scary Storybook Collection. All are copyright © Disney Enterprises, Inc.)
The twelve stories are: Toy Story: Toys That Go Bump in the Night. Tangled: Marmalade Moon Night. Finding Nemo: A Fishy Terror. Winnie the Pooh: Boo to You, Winnie the Pooh. Sleeping Beauty: Maleficent Returns. Monsters, Inc.: Parade Day Dash. Peter Pan: Captain Hook’s Shadow. Mickey & Friends: Haunted Halloween. Aladdin: Get in the Spirit. Cars: Mater and the Ghost Light. Beauty and the Beast: The Haunted Castle. Wreck-It Ralph: Tricky Treats.
As befits 3- to 5-year olds, these stories are spooky but not scary. As befits parents, who may be called upon to read these stories aloud, each story’s main and supporting characters are named.
The padded (with polyurethane foam) hardcover is $12.99. Amazon.com has it on Kindle for $3.99.