Scary Tales – Rhymes For Brave Children

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 it off there’s a Did you know? Ghastly Jokes and Activities section, where children can learn interesting facts about the characters featured in the rhymes, and drive their parents nuts with the jokes and games.

Written by Judi Billcliff, a crazy drama teacher and author. A Duffy Books in Homes role model Judi visits schools, entertaining children with her magical poetry performances.

Illustrator Deborah Hinde approached Judi with the idea for this book after social media fans responded to some of her ‘darker’ illustration posts.

$19.99 incl. GST

5 in stock

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Reading age: 2 – 5 years


Book Trailers 4 Kids and YA ~ “Judi Billcliff has taken traditional rhymes and given them a makeover; a scary makeover.The blurb on the back of this picture book asks if you are brave enough to look inside and meet the scary creatures and there are plenty of them. You just might need to be brave! There are witches, goblins, and ghosts too. Even Count Dracula makes an appearance in these reimagined  rhymes with a twist of scariness and lots of laughter.

Scary Mary
Scary Mary quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With wailing moans
And rattling bones
All hanging in a row.

“You’ll have to read the book to find out what else she has in her garden!

“Deborah Hinde, as always, provides gorgeous illustrations; cheeky, funny, quirky, but also with a warmth which leaves us feeling safe after our journey into the spookiness of scary tales. This is a great book to use when thinking about Halloween, too.”

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Weight200 g
Dimensions24 × 25 × .5 cm

Softcover edition

First published




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1 review for Scary Tales – Rhymes For Brave Children

  1. Kate G

    From NZ Booklovers ~ “Classic nursery rhymes get a spooky makeover with this new book. Miss Muffet is now a sassy witch, Humpty Dumpty is a little Frankenstein, and Mary’s little lamb is now a ghost.

    “These kooky, spooky rhymes will delight children and adults alike and are complimented by gorgeous illustrations.”

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