Judge Maurice Cobbs discovers that his inner child is drawn to stories of monsters, ghosts, and the horrors of homework.
These spooky stories are frightfully fun for the whole family!
This selection from the Scholastic Video Collection offers several "slightly scary stories" adapted from popular children's books. In fact, one of the stories—"The Three Robbers"—was a beloved story from my own childhood. Probably helped turn me into the man I am today, so now you know where to assign at least a portion of the blame.
• The Teacher from the Black Lagoon, by Mike Thaler.
• What's Under My Bed? by James Stevenson.
• By the Light of the Halloween Moon, by Caroline
• The Three Robbers, by Tomi Ungerer.
The DVD also includes three bonus stories not available on the VHS release:
• A Dark, Dark Tale, by Ruth Brown.
• Georgie, by Robert Bright.
• Teeny-Tiny and the Witch-Woman, by Barbra K. Walter.
While I suppose that a world hungry for quality children's entertainment might gobble this admittedly well-made DVD up, I have to wonder whether or not it sort of defeats the purpose. As fun and entertaining as these stories are, I have to think that the books themselves lose a great deal of the charm that made them popular when presented through the boob tube. Granted, a read-along option is provided in the special features section, but how can watching a video adaptation of a beloved book compare with snuggling under the covers and listening to Dad read it aloud to you before bedtime? How does reading along with the TV compare with sitting on Mom's lap on a rainy afternoon and reading along with her? I can't find fault with the DVD or its advertised mission of providing an "invitation to the world of reading"—but I think that the mission would be better served by putting a book in front of the child instead of a DVD remote.
Still, if you must park the little shaver in front of the TV, you could do worse than present these charming little tales—and the best part is, you'll likely enjoy them too.
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