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Scary Tales: Rhymes for Brave Children

Paperback / softback

Main Details

Title Scary Tales: Rhymes for Brave Children
Authors and Contributors      By (author) Judi Billcliff
Illustrated by Deborah Hinde
Physical Properties
Format:Paperback / softback
Dimensions(mm): Height 250,Width 240
ISBN/Barcode 9780473483043
Children's (6-12)
Illustrations Full colour illustrations

Publishing Details

Publisher PictureBook Publishing
Imprint PictureBook Publishing
Publication Date 4 February 2020
Publication Country New Zealand


Gorgeously illustrated Scary Tales - Rhymes for Brave Children is packed with slightly scary nursery rhymes that are sure to delight children of all ages. Even parents will laugh out loud. This fabulously funny collection contains familiar rhymes that have been fractured and reshaped into something quirky and ever so slightly spooky. In this book you'll find Mary doesn't have a little lamb - she has a little ghost; Little Miss Muffet is now a sassy witch and Humpty Dumpty becomes a little Frankenstein. Even the classic Old MacDonald had a Farm hasn't escaped a revamp. Along with the familiar rhymes are new ones that are sure to become favourites like, My Dog Turned into a Vampire and Liar, Liar. And to top if off there's a Did you know?, Ghastly Jokes and Acitivities section where children can learn interesting facts about the characters featured in the rhymes, and drive their parents nuts with the jokes and games.

Author Biography

A Duffy Books in Homes role model since 2014, author Judi Billcliff spends a lot of time visiting schools throughout New Zealand delighting students (and teachers) with her poetry performances. Judi is the author of the popular 'Granny' series of poetry books and has written numerous poetry and drama sources for teachers. Judi lives and works from her home in Hamilton. Deborah Hinde has brought many picture book manuscripts to life with her gorgeous illustrations. Titles she's illustrated include the best seller Moo and Moo and the little Calf too (Allen&Unwin, 2016) and The Spaghetti Giraffe (Flat Bed Press, 2017) a Storylines Notable Book 2018, along with her own independently published titles Hare and Hollybee Hope wants a Prickly Coat. Deborah lives and works from her home-based studio in rural Waikato.


I think it's a very successful book because it is so funny. Children like reading about ghosts and ghouls and witches. - Jeremy 8; I liked it because the poems aren't normal, but silly in a good way. Witch with a Twitch is the best poem I've ever had. - Flynn 6; I liked that the poems were surprising. The drawings are really cool and go with the funny poems. - Ashton 7