The Book and the Record: The Haunted House and other Spooky Poems and Tales
My all time favorite selection was a book and record set entitled "The Haunted House and other Spooky Poems and Tales." I spent hours reading the stories and poems in the book and when I really wanted to scare myself, I would listen to the vinyl record.
Oh, how I loved that book and record!
The Haunted House and Other Spooky Poems and Tales Book
Review Written by Sylvestermouse
This is such a great little book. We still have the book and I used to read stories from it to my children when they were little. I believe this book currently sits on my son's bookshelf.
"The Haunted House and Other Spooky Poems and Tales" book has all of the tell-tale signs of being read over and over again. In places, the ink is smudged from use and some of the pages are loose from the spine, but they are all still there even though they are yellowed from age. I have copied two of the pages in the photo on the right.
It seems a little odd that this little paperback book would be such a treasure to our family, but everyone loves it. Some of the stories are eerie, actually quite scary, but some of the poems are hilarious. I still have one of the silly poems memorized.
"Here lies the body of Anna, done to death by a banana. It wasn't the fruit that laid her low, but the skin of the thing that made her go!"
I know it is down right ridiculous, but it always made me laugh. I envisioned poor Anna in a long, black Victorian style dress with lace trim, all prim and proper, slipping on a banana peel. In my mind, as she was falling, her face registered shock and indignation over the annoying banana peel on the floor just waiting to do her in. I bet she cut the fruit up into a fruit salad earlier that day and the peel was just seeking revenge.
The Story Exactly as Written on the Pages Copied Above
The Flattered Flying Fish (The Shark and the Flying Fish)
Said the Shark to the Flying Fish over the phone:
"Will you join me tonight? I am dining alone.
Let me order a nice little dinner for two!
And come as you are, in your shimmering blue."
Said the Flying Fish: "Fancy remembering me,
And the dress I wore at the Porpoises' tea!"
"How could I forget?" said the Shark in his guile;
"I expect you at eight!" and rang off with a smile.
She powdered her nose; she has put on her things;
She is off with one flap of her luminous wings.
O little one, lovely, light-hearted and vain.
The Moon will not shine on your beauty again!
E. V. Rieu
The Haunted House and Other Spooky Tales RecordSadly, I no longer have this album, but I remember the voice of the gentlemen reading the stories was enough to send me shrieking under my bed covers.
I found excerpts from the record on YouTube. These stories still send chills down my spine. I have included them below. Listen to them for yourself and let me know what you think.
Includes: "The Haunted House" Poem, "Winter Moon", "Sir Roderick's Song" Poem, "The Young Lady from Glitch", "Ruth & Johnny" Poem and more.
It also includes "The Bat" and the tale, "The Velvet Ribbon", two of my personal favorites!
Includes: "The Earl King" poem (this is the hardest for a parent to hear), "Dust" poem, and the story, "The Cradle that Rocked by Itself"
So What Do You Think? Does the Reader's Voice Alone Send Chills Down Your Spine?
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These records are hard to find. I sure wish I still had mine.
The Photos used in this article were all scanned from my original book
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