It's great fun to sink your teeth into a big, fat book. The setting seems so real and you really get to know the characters. But sometimes you're in the mood for something lighter or you're looking around to find some new authors. Or maybe you just don't have much time. That's when a short story comes in handy. Check out the list below to find some scary tales, some fairly tales, a few(very) old favorites, and some cool new collections.
A Coven of Witches
Separate tales reveal the backgrounds of four terrifying witches, including Alice and the Spook's love, Meg.
A collection of familiar tales twisted just a bit and told comic book style.
A collection of stories dealing with friendship and the effects that it can have on the lives of the people involved.
The Canine Connection: Stories about Dogs and People
Twelve short stories that reflect the varied ways that dogs and humans relate.
The Battle of the Red Hot Pepper Weenies: and Other Warped and Creepy Tales
Bizarre tales of a teenager going to the school dance with a robot, a Thanksgiving dinner interrupted by turkeys looking for revenge, and other strange short stories.
Leaping Beauty: and Other Animal Fairy Tales
These retellings of familiar fairy tales feature animals in the place of people (Hamster and Gerbil) and are sure to make readers and listeners laugh.
George and Martha One More Time
Five brief episodes about two friends, George and Martha, who happen to be hippopotamuses.
One Beastly Beast: (Two Aliens, Three Inventors, Four Fantastic Tales)
A collection of four fantasy tales in which a boy joins a strange navy in pursuit of video pirates, a neglected princess seeks adventure, an orphaned inventor seeks the perfect parents, and a genius girl faces a sea serpent.
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
A retelling in comic strip form of Geoffrey Chaucer's famous work in which a group of pilgrims in fourteenth-century England tell each other stories as they travel on a pilgrimage to the cathedral at Canterbury.
Minute Mysteries 2: More Stories to Solve
Characters from the American Girl books are featured in eleven short stories with mysteries, puzzles, and riddles for the reader to solve.