This new book from NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS is especially spine tingling during the season of spooks and goblins. The tales here though dare to explain some of the odder places, animals, and occurrences in our world. Just in case you are squeamish, there’s a handy ‘FRIGHT-O-METER’ next to each story to warn young readers of the intensity from 0-10.

Some of my favorites included:

  • The many strange and wild living creatures you would not want to be next to. Be amazed (and maybe grossed out) at the goblin shark, a blobfish, bloodsucking bats, and yes, tongue lice. Yuck! Oh, and one more: The Mongolian death worm. It may not be real, but I’m not going to go out of my way to find out for sure.
  • Real spooky places. They include the Stanley Hotel in Colorado, Island of the Dolls in Mexico, and the haunted Tower of London to name a few. You can still visit these scary haunts.
  • The unexplained. What happened  to the three keepers who always manned the lighthouse on Eilean Mor? Is Yellowstone’s super volcano about to blow its top? Who were the green children of Woolpit? These and many more are given an explanation and likely scenario as to the truth.

Colorful pictures abound on every page. Scattered throughout are fun quizzes to test your own knowledge. There’s something to please everyone in the more than five dozen articles. Keep it tucked in the car or close by on the bookshelf when you need a fiction break and a whole lot of creepiness. Good reading for October or any month of the year. I found it both thought provoking and entertaining.


Love to tell scary stories around the camp fire? Like to solve mysteries? Brave enough to hear the truth about some pretty freaky phenomena? Then cuddle up with this spooky spine-tingler, filled with delightfully frightful true stories of real-life monsters, doomed domains, menacing mysteries, strange disappearances, and so much more.

Meet ghosts, ghouls, and zombies. Go inside haunted houses, hidden graveyards, and deadly secret passages. The Fright-o-meter rates each story for its level of scariness. Full of thrills and chills, this book will have you sleeping with a nightlight for sure. Read if you dare, but don’t say we didn’t warn you!


Have a great weekend everyone!


About Greg Pattridge

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  1. This will be an immediate hit with most kids who like creepy facts. Great for imagination and Halloween!

  2. Oooooh. This sounds really creepy. I know some kids who will like this one. Thanks for the review.

  3. Denise V says:

    I need to get this for my son though he’ll have a hard time prying it from my hands! Thanks for letting everyone know about this one.

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