Mystery, zombies and mummies. Spooky stories are not a genre you see promoted too often and yet there are heaps of great thrilling and mysterious books for kids.
Not every child wants to read about fluffy ducks, magical lands or fun facts. Some kids want to sink their teeth into a story that offers suspense, wickedness and is a little bit spooky. Here are a few creepy and mysterious books for kids that fit the bill.
My Dead Bunny
- Written by Sigi Cohen and James Foley
A tale of a zombie rabbit and how he came to be that way. The story of My Dead Bunny is a tad creepy, yet a little bit fun. This book captivates younger children through eye-catching illustrations, rhyming sentences and a plot that sucks you in as the characters get themselves deeper into trouble.
“My dead bunny’s name is Brad;
His odour is extremely bad.
He visits me when I’m in bed,
But Bradley wasn’t always dead…”
Ages: I would say this story is suitable for ages 5+.
Thoughts: This is a great read for kids who love stories that are a little bit quirky, a little bit gross and a lot funny.
Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies: The Giant Moth Mummy
- Written by Andrew Hansen and Jessica Roberts
Boy-Pharaoh Bab Sharkey returns to the magic city of the Animal Mummies with this hilarious sequel in the Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies series. This time, Bab faces the grossest weapon ever devised – a giant mummified moth possessed by the spirit of the Unpharaoh herself! Can Bab and his smelly friends defeat this ancient evil?
Flick to the back of the book and you will find ‘The Mummy Files’. Get to know each character through the information displayed on their profile – name, age, likes/dislikes, favourite food (low-carb dust salad for example), education, job and more.
Thoughts: Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies: The Giant Moth Mummy is a great read for kids that love action packed stories and a few laughs. If your child has an interest in Egypt, they will be eager to learn more after reading about animal mummies and other weird stuff.
Scared To Death
- Written by Anthony Horowitz
Scared to Death is a wickedly funny and bold collection of horror stories for fearless readers. From man-eating massage chairs to terrifying train rides, this collection of ten nightmarish and fiendishly funny short stories will captivate young readers looking for twisted tales, horror and mischievous fun!
Thoughts: Scared to Death is guaranteed to make your blood curdle and your spine tingle. These frightening short stories are the perfect length for kids who want a gripping read but aren’t interested in reading long novels.
- Written by Allison Rushby
Flossie is the Turnkey at London’s Highgate Cemetery. As Turnkey, Flossie must ensure all the souls in the cemetery stay at rest. This is a difficult job at the best of times for a twelve-year-old ghost, but when Flossie encounters the ghost of a German soldier carrying a mysterious object, she becomes suspicious. What is he up to?
Before long, Flossie uncovers a sinister plot that could result in the destruction of not only her cemetery but also her beloved country. Can Flossie stop him before it is too late?
Thoughts: The Turnkey is a thrilling ghost story full of history, adventure and mystery. It is perfect for kids that enjoy supernatural plots.
If you are looking for some spooky and mysterious books for kids, check out these titles. They will have your child gripping the edge of their seat with intrigue!
Each prize includes: 1x Scared to Death (RRP $16.99), 1x Bab Sharkey and the Animal Mummies (RRP $14.99), 1x My Dead Bunny (RRP $14.99). Each prize RRP $46.97. Total prize pool: $93.94
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