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If you’re feeling brave, turn the page. A game of hide-and-seek goes on far too long… A look-alike doll makes itself right at home… A school talent-show act leaves the audience aghast… And a summer at camp takes a turn for the braaaains… This collection of all-new spooky stories is sure to keep readers up past their bedtimes, laughing, gasping, and looking over their shoulder If you’re feeling brave, turn the page. A game of hide-and-seek goes on far too long… A look-alike doll makes itself right at home… A school talent-show act leaves the audience aghast… And a summer at camp takes a turn for the braaaains… This collection of all-new spooky stories is sure to keep readers up past their bedtimes, laughing, gasping, and looking over their shoulders to see what goes bump in the night.


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If you’re feeling brave, turn the page. A game of hide-and-seek goes on far too long… A look-alike doll makes itself right at home… A school talent-show act leaves the audience aghast… And a summer at camp takes a turn for the braaaains… This collection of all-new spooky stories is sure to keep readers up past their bedtimes, laughing, gasping, and looking over their shoulder If you’re feeling brave, turn the page. A game of hide-and-seek goes on far too long… A look-alike doll makes itself right at home… A school talent-show act leaves the audience aghast… And a summer at camp takes a turn for the braaaains… This collection of all-new spooky stories is sure to keep readers up past their bedtimes, laughing, gasping, and looking over their shoulders to see what goes bump in the night.

30 review for Hide and Don't Seek: And Other Very Scary Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    This was so much fun and I absolutely recommend it to anyone who enjoys MG horror short stories! I see collections frequently compared to the ever-coveted status of Scary Stories, but they rarely live up to the parallel for me; however, Hide and Don't Seek absolutely gave me ALL the Scary Stories vibes, only for a newer, younger audience! I enjoyed every single story and poem in this collection and thought the illustrations were really fun (and occasionally quite creepy). If you think this sound This was so much fun and I absolutely recommend it to anyone who enjoys MG horror short stories! I see collections frequently compared to the ever-coveted status of Scary Stories, but they rarely live up to the parallel for me; however, Hide and Don't Seek absolutely gave me ALL the Scary Stories vibes, only for a newer, younger audience! I enjoyed every single story and poem in this collection and thought the illustrations were really fun (and occasionally quite creepy). If you think this sounds like something you or a reader in your life would be interested in, I wholeheartedly recommend grabbing a copy! Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this review copy in exchange for an honest review!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Glatt

    Thanks to Netgalley for the digital ARC. Kudos to Rissi for creating a truly dark/creepy/scary anthology of short stories for the middle grade set. Often, books are billed as such but are too mild for young horror fans. In fact, I would argue that many of my 8th grade students will be just as freaked out by these stories as my 6th graders will be. Among my favorites stories are the title tale, "The Girl and the Crow," and "Once Upon a Time." Although the accompanying illustrations I saw were not Thanks to Netgalley for the digital ARC. Kudos to Rissi for creating a truly dark/creepy/scary anthology of short stories for the middle grade set. Often, books are billed as such but are too mild for young horror fans. In fact, I would argue that many of my 8th grade students will be just as freaked out by these stories as my 6th graders will be. Among my favorites stories are the title tale, "The Girl and the Crow," and "Once Upon a Time." Although the accompanying illustrations I saw were not finalized, I could tell that Carolina Godina's drawings will augment the creepiness of the text, much like Stephen Gammell's do in the classic Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. I'll definitely need to purchase multiple copies for my middle school libraries.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Candyce Kirk

    Hide and Don't Seek is a spooky middle grade anthology. The audio was a lot of fun and this is definitely a fun book for this age group around Halloween. An anthology tends to be hit or miss for me, so I did enjoy some stories more than others. Hide and Don't Seek is a spooky middle grade anthology. The audio was a lot of fun and this is definitely a fun book for this age group around Halloween. An anthology tends to be hit or miss for me, so I did enjoy some stories more than others.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader

    3 1/2 stars RTC on blog Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for my review copy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tia

    2.25🌟 One day I will find an anthology I love!!! .・゜゜・  ・゜゜・..・゜゜・  ・゜゜・. Hide and Don't Seek | 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Beatrice | 🌟🌟🌟 Have You Heard | 🌟 You're It | 🌟 Truly Delicious | 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 No Fear | 🌟 The Secret | 🌟 Lucky | 🌟🌟.5 The Best Teacher at Pleasant Hill Oak Elementary | 🌟🌟🌟 Once Upon a Time | 🌟 Good Dog and Bad Cat | 🌟 Only a Dream | 🌟 The Girl and the Crow | 🌟🌟 Renie's Song | 🌟 Here, Kitty Kitty | 🌟🌟🌟.5 The Friend | 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Superstition: The Play | 🌟.5 The Boy and the Crow | 🌟.5 Two Wishes | 🌟🌟🌟🌟 If | 🌟.5 2.25🌟 One day I will find an anthology I love!!! .・゜゜・  ・゜゜・..・゜゜・  ・゜゜・. Hide and Don't Seek | 🌟🌟🌟🌟 Beatrice | 🌟🌟🌟 Have You Heard | 🌟 You're It | 🌟 Truly Delicious | 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 No Fear | 🌟 The Secret | 🌟 Lucky | 🌟🌟.5 The Best Teacher at Pleasant Hill Oak Elementary | 🌟🌟🌟 Once Upon a Time | 🌟 Good Dog and Bad Cat | 🌟 Only a Dream | 🌟 The Girl and the Crow | 🌟🌟 Renie's Song | 🌟 Here, Kitty Kitty | 🌟🌟🌟.5 The Friend | 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Superstition: The Play | 🌟.5 The Boy and the Crow | 🌟.5 Two Wishes | 🌟🌟🌟🌟 If | 🌟.5

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anica

    Hi! I wrote this book and had entirely too much fun doing so. It includes twenty spooky stories—some silly, some spine-tingling, some hide-under-the-covers scary. I hope they will make readers shiver, giggle, and shriek. I hope they'll delight and entertain you, and also make you think. Two summers ago, I wrote the collection’s opening story, about a game of hide-and-seek that never ends, to amuse myself and my nieces. It was a fun way to procrastinate from the work I was supposed to be doing, s Hi! I wrote this book and had entirely too much fun doing so. It includes twenty spooky stories—some silly, some spine-tingling, some hide-under-the-covers scary. I hope they will make readers shiver, giggle, and shriek. I hope they'll delight and entertain you, and also make you think. Two summers ago, I wrote the collection’s opening story, about a game of hide-and-seek that never ends, to amuse myself and my nieces. It was a fun way to procrastinate from the work I was supposed to be doing, so I wrote another, and another, and another, playing with not only fears but also formats: One story is told entirely through text messages, another through letters sent home from camp. A few are in verse. One is the script of a play. There’s even a story narrated by a very good dog. And just wait until you see Carolina Godina's gorgeous and thrilling illustrations. Hide and Don't Seek is my fourteenth book but the first to be categorized as middle grade (for ages 8 to 12), and I’m excited to meet new readers, reach new classrooms, and share these spooky stories I had so much fun inventing. The night before the book comes out, I’m feeling hopeful—and beneath that, kinda scared. Not about monsters under the bed (my mattress currently lives on the floor so my 13-year-old three-legged dog can reach me when she needs comforting at night), but about...nothingness. About throwing my heart into the air without knowing if the winds will carry it. There’s so little an author can do for a book, besides write it and love it and wish it the best. But I’m grateful for the chance to sing into the abyss, and I hope a few notes will reach you. Thanks for reading.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Whew, that was a doozy! The first story had me worried that this was going to be a fairly young, somewhat predictable collection, but most of the stories actually ended up being pretty unsettling. A good many of the illustrations made me tense up, and a persistent rustling behind me actually put me on edge while I read. (No, I did not find the source of the rustling. Yes, I am at least 27% concerned about it.) This took me right back to the days when I’d read the Scary Stories trilogy in the mid Whew, that was a doozy! The first story had me worried that this was going to be a fairly young, somewhat predictable collection, but most of the stories actually ended up being pretty unsettling. A good many of the illustrations made me tense up, and a persistent rustling behind me actually put me on edge while I read. (No, I did not find the source of the rustling. Yes, I am at least 27% concerned about it.) This took me right back to the days when I’d read the Scary Stories trilogy in the middle of the day because the illustrations were just that disturbing and I didn’t want to make direct eye contact with them for any considerable length of time. With a few of the images in Hide and Don’t Seek, I had to hold the book at an odd angle to finish reading a page without looking too long at the pictures. That’s a compliment if I’ve ever given one! I loved the inclusiveness. Also: Good Boy is Best Boy, and I hope he’s doing okay. I will ever-so-slightly complain that I was promised laughter and did not receive it, but perhaps that was a red herring so I’d just have to read the whole thing and sit with my shivers (and that darn rustling behind me what is that). Or perhaps it contains a special brand of kid humor that will reveal itself to kids and only kids. Time will tell. Overall: spooky, spooky, spooky. A perfect way to start the Halloween season, even if it’s a bit early. (Is the rustling behind me autumn leaves? But it’s only August and I’m inside my house!)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Caro

    “If you’re feeling brave, turn the page. A game of hide-and-seek goes on far too long… A look-alike doll makes itself right at home… A school talent-show act leaves the audience aghast… And a summer at camp takes a turn for the *braaaains*” GENERAL IMPRESSIONS ➽ This anthology had many great spooky ideas, but the execution was sadly lacking! I almost wish that there had been fewer stories, so the author could have fleshed out the remaining ones more. The stories were a hit or miss for me. “If you’re feeling brave, turn the page. A game of hide-and-seek goes on far too long… A look-alike doll makes itself right at home… A school talent-show act leaves the audience aghast… And a summer at camp takes a turn for the *braaaains*” GENERAL IMPRESSIONS ➽ This anthology had many great spooky ideas, but the execution was sadly lacking! I almost wish that there had been fewer stories, so the author could have fleshed out the remaining ones more. The stories were a hit or miss for me. Almost all of them felt severely underdeveloped, ended quite abruptly, and left me with more questions than answers. I feel like the stories could have been more impactful if we fully utilized the concept and got some answers instead of a vague end. INDIVIDUAL STORIES Overall Rating ⭐ 3.47 ~ rounded to 3.5 SPOILERS FROM HERE ON!!! (view spoiler)[1. Hide and Don't Seek ⭐⭐⭐ ➽ A girl who plays hide and seek with her brother ... only he never finds her. The ending confused me a bit, as I don't know how time had passed and how she was still alive. It's said that her family died and her brother went mad as he never found her. I didn't understand why time worked differently in the corn maze, the ending was also pretty anti-climatic. 2. Beatrice ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 ➽ This is about a creepy doll who replaces the girl that got her as a gift (and who looks exactly like her, which was already a very bad idea and alarming). It is really clever, atmospheric, and sinister from start to finish. The girl stays trapped as her family has no idea how to distinguish her and the doll that stole her life. 3. Have You Heard ⭐⭐.5 ➽ A Poem → didn't particularly stand out to me 4. Tag You're It ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ Told entirely in text messages about a curse/or nightmare that gets passed on. This had a really unique format but lacked some depth as we had no idea what 'IT' was and what the receiver of the messages saw that changed his mind to pass on the curse in the end. 5. Truly Delicious ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ Told through letters Robin sends her family and set at summer camp. This was cleverly done and showed the increasingly sinister atmosphere at camp with kids getting missing, barricades getting build and weird moaning being heard. Robin seems to be the last one standing and the camp officials don't tell the 'healthy' kids what is going on. The ending is abrupt and I wonder if the parents never picked her up because they knew the truth about the 'Zombies', 6. No Fear ⭐⭐⭐.5 ➽ Another poem, but I liked this one way better, as it was really atmospheric and beautifully written. It's about a boy who refuses to feel fear as what he doesn't believe in can never hurt him. His arrogant, ignorant worldview doesn't get him far though ... 7. The Secret ⭐ ➽ This was very disappointing, I thought it would have some clever end to what the secret was ... but nothing. The 'twist' was trying to be clever but mostly frustrated me by how bland it was. The friend dying also wasn't surprising at all. 8. Lucky ➽ No Rating, I skipped this one as it was heavily and graphic about bugs/worms and too gross for me. 9. The Best Teacher at Plesant Hill Oak Elementary ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ Now, this was a fun vampire story! It's about Ms. Eternity who has been teaching students in her basement for ages and Sydney who moves school and starts fifth grade under her. She's a good teacher and Sydney really likes her even though she finds it strange that both her grandmother and father seem to have been taught by her. I found it super intriguing that it's common knowledge what Ms. Eternity is among Gram and Dad; though they don't tell Syd until she accidentally finds out herself. 10. Once Upon a Time ⭐⭐⭐ ➽ About a girl who loves reading but gets sucked into the story as it only works if it has a reader bringing it to life. The concept was interesting, especially with the father no longer remembering her, but lacked some depth. 11. Good Dog and Bad Cat: The Scariest Tail ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ Super unique format as it's told through the view of a dog trying to protect his kid from an evil cat. The writing is unusual but totally fits the thoughts/behavior of a dog. The suspense was well built up but once again I wanted a better fleshed-out ending. It was super sad though. 12. Only a Dream ⭐⭐⭐ ➽ A story about a girl dreaming and imagining all the bad things that hadn't happened in her life ... if she hadn't unleashed the monster and that her family would still be safe (which I found interesting to read about). The ending was supposed to shock, but I felt like it was very vague, and once again I wanted more to the story. 13. The Girl and the Crow ⭐⭐.5 ➽ This one ended up being more filled with gore than anticipated, but it also felt directionless. The story was more focused on the atmosphere than giving the plot any meaning. 14. Renie's Song ⭐⭐.5 ➽ Another poem, once again it was very short and didn't really grip me. 15. Here, Kitty Kitty ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ This was more mysterious and sad than scary. A new take on the 'haunted house' story about a young girl who moves into her new home only to find out that a girl died there. She keeps seeing this cat called Ghost, who supposedly belonged to said girl even though she died 50+ years ago. Something scratches at her bed each night and in the end, she decides to investigate ... 16. The Friend ⭐⭐⭐.5 ➽ Everyone knows the Imaginary Friends kids keep, so when Ana is living with her extended family she doesn't think much of her cousin having one. Only it seems like this friend is more real and menacing than she expected and humoring it isn't helping anything. This turned gruesome, but the ending was a bit underdeveloped. 17. Superstition: The Play ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ I loved this format as it's told in the script of a school play gone wrong. The author's note warns you that something terrible has happened and that you should never read the script out loud so the same doesn't happen to you 👀 The story wasn't too spooky but I liked the way it was set up a lot, especially the 'sleepover gone wrong' as it felt like the kind of Dare that kids would do! 18. The Boy and the Crow ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ I was a bit confused that we had another story about a crow, but this one was much better than the previous one! It's about a boy who has a crow and his friend who doesn't have one. In this universe, some people simply have crows and get gifts, while others get picked on. It's a commentary on strength and vulnerability and was very well-written! 19. Two Wishes ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ Now, THIS was the best story of the entire anthology!!! It's about a magical Wish Book that grants everyone who finds it two wishes but seems a lot more sinister. Trey's sister Trish has this mysterious journal and when he finds out, he keeps watching to see what her wish it. In the end, it goes terribly wrong and the twist was SO well-written, the end left me in chills! 20. If ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ➽ One last poem, but this one was longer and told its own little story. It's about a common horror: sleeping with the feet uncovered and what happens when the monster under the bed finds out. It was spooky, gory, and felt like a great tale to 'warn children'. (hide spoiler)] INFORMATION ➽ CW's: Sickness, Gore, Bugs/Insects, Violence, Death You can find me here 💖 Book Blog | Twitter | Be my friend on GR!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This book is clearly aiming to be a spiritual successor to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and honestly, I think it succeeds. While Scary Stories had many folklore/urban legend inspired stories, this keeps to newly fresh fiction while still going over classic horror tropes for kids to explore. This is great so it isn't treading the same ground, after all kids will likely be reading all of the Scary Stories books AND this, but even with the way pop culture osmosis soaks into things this may be This book is clearly aiming to be a spiritual successor to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and honestly, I think it succeeds. While Scary Stories had many folklore/urban legend inspired stories, this keeps to newly fresh fiction while still going over classic horror tropes for kids to explore. This is great so it isn't treading the same ground, after all kids will likely be reading all of the Scary Stories books AND this, but even with the way pop culture osmosis soaks into things this may be a child's first experience with horror ideas like "be careful what you wish for"/Monkey's Paw, or even something simple like "zombies" or "vampires". There's a great mixture of happy/hopeful endings and bad endings, including a few that are more open ended. The horror is genuinely scary (I'm a bit of a horror wuss, so I often go to middlegrade horror for my interesting but more safe scares) in many of the stories, there are some reveals/twists that aren't Twilight Zone level, but more like Tales from the Crypt level. Like, not super clever, but much more appealing to the eight year old reading this. There were a few that didn't hold up to scrutiny he way I'd like them to as an adult, (view spoiler)[like the story about the doll "twin". Either the doll takes over her life, or the true horror is that she didn't realize that she was the doll the whole time (that's a Twilight Zone episode, right?) but the story seems to imply that the real human daughter has batteries on her back that the mom could turn off but she's still just a regular human. I don't really get it, and I don't know why it wasn't edited to land squarely in one explanation or the other. (hide spoiler)] That said, I doubt the intended audience is really going to mind. The short story format makes it easy to jump from one story immediately to the next, and only later in the dark going over the emotions the story made you feel, not staying on the logic. The one outlier, I felt, was the last poem, "If", which was a little more gory or gross out than the others. That's fine, kids the intended age for this are into that sort of thing more than I am, but it just didn't fit tonally. It seems like it should go with a horror book that has plenty of gross stories. The story about worms manages to involve some body horror while staying closer to the overall tone of the book and doesn't feel like an outlier, so this is kind of odd. Overall, I liked the level off horror and the variety of good/bad endings, as well as the included diversity in both pictures and text that are mentioned in a very natural "in passing" way. No one experiences the horror because they happen to be gay or brown, but many of the characters are pictured as brown or are a girl who happens to grow up and have a wife. I think this is a great book for a kid's section of a library or for the "cool aunt/uncle" to slip them when they're an appropriate age. It's the sort of book that can easily feel "forbidden" and therefore get a kid reading long past their bedtime.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from HarperCollins Children's Books - Quill Tree Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. This book brought back to many memories when I read the original Scary Stories in elementary school and all of the reactions of all my classmates on how ridiculously scary they were. However in Hide and Don't Seek, these were far more modern and more creative. Among the young men and those who like Scary Sto This book was received as an ARC from HarperCollins Children's Books - Quill Tree Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. This book brought back to many memories when I read the original Scary Stories in elementary school and all of the reactions of all my classmates on how ridiculously scary they were. However in Hide and Don't Seek, these were far more modern and more creative. Among the young men and those who like Scary Stories, this book will be perfect especially read on Halloween. I know we have a lot of young readers looking for more Scary Stories that are age appropriate and like the original Scary Stories, this book will be perfect for school libraries for a special Halloween unit. We will consider adding this title to our JFiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kailee’s Book Nook

    -The details and story telling are pure gold. -I absolutely love how each story is different - not only just the storyline but the format in which it is told. I must see the physical copy of this book when it comes out! -A middle-grade horror must-read. I would not call myself a prolific horror reader so some of these stories even had me a little spooked!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shannon { Classically Read...}

    Really good, Loved it! So much better than the scary stories series of books. I will be rereading this in October for sure!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gillian French

    Lovers of all things that go bump in the night will devour this diverse, original collection of spooky short stories, creepy poems, and even a tale told through text. A must-read for fans, old and new, of Alvin Schwartz’s classic Scary Stories series. Lots of fun!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tessa Baer

    These scary stories definitely lean toward a younger age group, but I was still creeped out by most of them. The various formats (story, prose, script, text, etc.) make the stories interesting. Each one had a thrill factor of it's own. I enjoyed the creepiness of the stories without experiencing the gore that comes with more adult horror stories. These scary stories definitely lean toward a younger age group, but I was still creeped out by most of them. The various formats (story, prose, script, text, etc.) make the stories interesting. Each one had a thrill factor of it's own. I enjoyed the creepiness of the stories without experiencing the gore that comes with more adult horror stories.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dan Poblocki

    A new terror classic for young readers. Some of these tales are just nasty. As they should be.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Garrett Baer

    Very interesting stories. Exactly what I was looking for! I am not really into slasher stories, just creepy ones and this hit the spot. Loved it!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rose T.

    Not really worth the read. The stories weren’t very interesting and hardly even creepy let alone scary and I’m easily scared. I’d give it two and a half stars.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lexy

    This was creepy and fun! I love it so much!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marion Cleborne

    Today I am reviewing “Hide and Don’t Seek: And Other Very Scary Stories” by Anica Mrose Rissi! I also found this book on Twitter. It’s marketed as a sort of spiritual successor to “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” books by Alvin Schwartz, which I think many people are very nostalgic for. It’s been a very long time since I have read those (though I can still quote some of them!), but I was excited to read something like it again! It’s hard to summarize this book, since it’s a collection. There Today I am reviewing “Hide and Don’t Seek: And Other Very Scary Stories” by Anica Mrose Rissi! I also found this book on Twitter. It’s marketed as a sort of spiritual successor to “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” books by Alvin Schwartz, which I think many people are very nostalgic for. It’s been a very long time since I have read those (though I can still quote some of them!), but I was excited to read something like it again! It’s hard to summarize this book, since it’s a collection. There are short stories, poems, the script of a play, and more. While there is no overarching plot connecting them, all of them are wonderfully creepy. It’s hard for me to discuss any of the stories without spoilers, so let me just say that they’re all good. It’s hard for me to choose my favorite one. “Truly Delicious” is up there. I think “The Girl and the Crow” is the most thought-provoking, far more than you might expect from a spooky kidlit book. The implications of how we teach girls to be docile and polite make this a hard-hitting story. “Good Dog and Bad Cat: The Scariest Tail” made me emotional because, dang it, I just love sweet and loyal dogs. The art in this book is also super eerie. It very much fits the stories. These also give me “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” vibes. I might recommend adults give this book a quick read-though just to make sure it’s a good level of creepy for their kids. Nothing in here is *too* scary, but some of them are a little unnerving, so if you are a parent/guardian of more timid children, just give it a read. I think you’ll like it too. In general, I think this is fine for most middle schoolers and some elementary schoolers, but your millage may vary.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This fun throwback to the Scary Stories series is perfect for the new generation. I remember being so enthralled by the original series, the short stories of terror and fright, reading late into the night long after my parents told me to go to bed. Hide and Don't Seek does not disappoint! My 13 year old self is giddy. Within these pages are poems, short stories, moral tales and hauntings full of surprises. I really enjoyed the different formats the stories took, how they were each creepy and scary This fun throwback to the Scary Stories series is perfect for the new generation. I remember being so enthralled by the original series, the short stories of terror and fright, reading late into the night long after my parents told me to go to bed. Hide and Don't Seek does not disappoint! My 13 year old self is giddy. Within these pages are poems, short stories, moral tales and hauntings full of surprises. I really enjoyed the different formats the stories took, how they were each creepy and scary without being gooey or too over the top. Poems, one story is in the form of letters, they were all different but equally parts of a cohesive collection meant to make you just on the edge of uncomfortable. I like the slight chill that crept up my back as I was reading, the faint noise I would hear and have to convince myself that it was only the wind. That's what so fun about this book is that it is slow and creeps up on you, into your bones and before you know it, ten stories in, every noise you hear is someone rattling the door knobs. Some stories are stronger than others but all were fun to read and it's easy to see how kids can bring them in and read them to friends and totally creep each other out. I loved especially the illustrations no every story, the ships pencil drawings that were dark and sinister as well as simple and clean. It was the perfect blend. I'm going to recommend this book to some of my friends who had Scary Stories growing up and have fond memories of reading them under the covers. I'm glad we have a new anthology to add to our collection.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kylie

    3.5 stars This was a really fun collection of scary stories. It was very Goosebumps-esque. There were 20 stories, some were only a few pages, some were around 20 pages. Some were actual stories, some were poems, there were also text message stories, scripts and letters. The mixed media approach was really cool and made them seem almost more modern. I really wanted more out of them, which I think was the point. Where each story left off was kind of open ended but hinted at a not so happy ending. So 3.5 stars This was a really fun collection of scary stories. It was very Goosebumps-esque. There were 20 stories, some were only a few pages, some were around 20 pages. Some were actual stories, some were poems, there were also text message stories, scripts and letters. The mixed media approach was really cool and made them seem almost more modern. I really wanted more out of them, which I think was the point. Where each story left off was kind of open ended but hinted at a not so happy ending. Sometimes this worked and sometimes I was a little bit confused and really felt like there should have been more, especially in the shorter stories. Some of my favorites were Truly Delicious which was written in letters from a summer camper to her parents. After eating the camp food, all the campers mysteriously have to go to the infermary from large bug bites, all except Robin who lives off spray cheese her parents send her. Here, Kitty Kitty where Erika and her mum move into a house where a small girl died from an illness 50 years prior, but her cat still lives there looking for something. The Friend where Anna Luiza is taking care of her young cousin while her grandparents are ill and her cousin has a myserious imaginary friend. There were also illustrations at the beginning of each story and they were super creepy and very atmospheric and I loved them. I definitely recommend this for fans of Goosebumps and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Thank you to HarperKids for a copy of this book!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus While short story collections don't circulate well in my library, SCARY short story collections do. Hide and Don't Seek is an excellent addition to titles like Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Lubar's Lawn Weenies tales (which are downright chilling!), San Souci's Dare to Be Scared volumes, R.L. Stine's compilations like Fear and Beware, Scholastic's Midnight Library books, and the 2020 tribute to Schwartz, Don't Turn Out the Lights. Yes, I'll be glad E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus While short story collections don't circulate well in my library, SCARY short story collections do. Hide and Don't Seek is an excellent addition to titles like Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Lubar's Lawn Weenies tales (which are downright chilling!), San Souci's Dare to Be Scared volumes, R.L. Stine's compilations like Fear and Beware, Scholastic's Midnight Library books, and the 2020 tribute to Schwartz, Don't Turn Out the Lights. Yes, I'll be glad to wait while you go add those to your list of books to purchase. The upside is that this book is so awesome that I even approve of the scary poems, and I am notoriously picky about anything in verse. The downside is that I find it very difficult to review short story collections. The format of this struck me as very similar to the Scary Stories books, down to the illustrations at the start of each tale, but these were much more chilling. Chilling in what way? That's the tough thing to put my finger on. I'd say that these all address fears I didn't even know I had, and made my stomach drop on the last paragraph. If these were told around a campfire with a flashlight strategically placed under someone's chin, the last paragraphs in most of these entries would elicit lots of shrieking and burying of heads into pillows! My favorite story is probably the one from the point of view of the family dog, trying to keep his child safe from the wiles of the cat. DON'T PUT THE DOG INSIDE THE GATE! KEEP HIM WITH YOU! Well, I saw that one coming, but it was still petrifying. I knew this author from her sweet and charming Anna Banana series, but Hide and Don't Seek proves that she has some serious horror writing chops. Just be very careful if those chops are coming from a shovel that is aimed at YOU!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Meagan

    Hide and Don't Seek is everything it promises to be. It is spooky, it is creepy, it is unforgettable. Every single scary story and poem in this collection delivers a major punch. The comparisons to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will be inevitable, but I think this collection is stronger. It offers such a wide variety of scares, from vampires to zombies, from skeletons in a locked room to a group disappearance, from ghosts to monsters, and everything in between. This book is perfectly written Hide and Don't Seek is everything it promises to be. It is spooky, it is creepy, it is unforgettable. Every single scary story and poem in this collection delivers a major punch. The comparisons to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark will be inevitable, but I think this collection is stronger. It offers such a wide variety of scares, from vampires to zombies, from skeletons in a locked room to a group disappearance, from ghosts to monsters, and everything in between. This book is perfectly written for the middle grades audience. It is scary enough that it will hold the attention of older kids who think they are aging out of the genre, with less sinister tales sprinkled throughout to make sure it isn't "too much" for the younger parts of the audience. Hide and Don't Seek will be wildly popular with today's preteens and young teens. I anticipate that it will be difficult to keep copies on the shelves long enough to recommend it!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elle

    Hide and Don't Seek by Anica Mrose Rissi was so much fun! It reminded me of reading Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark or Goosebumps. This is a collection of 20 short stories and poems that can be read in 10 minutes or less. Stories included ghost stories, creepy dolls, wishes gone wrong, bad kitties, etc. My favorite stories (all of which I would rate 5 stars) include; Hide and Don’t Seek, Beatrice, No Fear, and Two Wishes. There were a couple of stories that didn’t resonate with me, but I also Hide and Don't Seek by Anica Mrose Rissi was so much fun! It reminded me of reading Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark or Goosebumps. This is a collection of 20 short stories and poems that can be read in 10 minutes or less. Stories included ghost stories, creepy dolls, wishes gone wrong, bad kitties, etc. My favorite stories (all of which I would rate 5 stars) include; Hide and Don’t Seek, Beatrice, No Fear, and Two Wishes. There were a couple of stories that didn’t resonate with me, but I also know I’m not the target audience. Overall, this was a fun collection and I think it will a big hit for the intended audience of upper elementary to middle grade students. If your younger reader enjoys creepy/ scary stories, then this book should be a hit. This book is also perfect for reluctant readers. The bite size stories won’t seem overwhelming and will hopefully help foster a love of enjoyable reading.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    If you have taken a look at my reviews and the type of books I enjoy, then you would of course notice a trend that I prefer horror, thriller and mysteries. I've always been that way, and would devour any books I could find at the library while growing up that had any type of scary stories. Some of my best childhood memories were staying up late into the night reading those stories. This is a middle school aged reading book, something I probably would have read much earlier than that. It is a col If you have taken a look at my reviews and the type of books I enjoy, then you would of course notice a trend that I prefer horror, thriller and mysteries. I've always been that way, and would devour any books I could find at the library while growing up that had any type of scary stories. Some of my best childhood memories were staying up late into the night reading those stories. This is a middle school aged reading book, something I probably would have read much earlier than that. It is a collection of scary stories, aimed at the middle school aged kid, so not too overwhelmingly gorey or scary, just enough to give that thrill feeling. I like that it is a bunch of stories, so you don't have to sit and read it all at once, you can take your time, put it down and come back and pick up without interrupting the story. It brought back a lot of the better parts of my childhood and I am thankful for that.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cindy :: leavemetomybooks ::

    This was a hit-or-miss collection of twenty spooky stories and poems. My favorites were: * Truly Delicious - a series of letters home from summer camp detail an increasingly alarming situation * Good Dog & Bad Cat - loved that this was told from the perspective of the dog * Only A Dream - delightfully creepy * Superstition: The Play - who didn’t love a good round of Bloody Mary at a slumber party? * Two Wishes - tween Twilight Zone * If - perfectly gross poem about the monsters under your bed (and th This was a hit-or-miss collection of twenty spooky stories and poems. My favorites were: * Truly Delicious - a series of letters home from summer camp detail an increasingly alarming situation * Good Dog & Bad Cat - loved that this was told from the perspective of the dog * Only A Dream - delightfully creepy * Superstition: The Play - who didn’t love a good round of Bloody Mary at a slumber party? * Two Wishes - tween Twilight Zone * If - perfectly gross poem about the monsters under your bed (and the importance of keeping your feet inside the covers) Some of the stories definitely needed more fleshing out, but this was overall an enjoyable book, and kids who are Alvin Schwartz/Scary Stories to Tell In the Dark fans will be into it. * Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins Children’s Books / Quill Tree Books for the eARC for review. Publication date: 8/3/21

  27. 4 out of 5

    Murray

    This new book of creepy and macabre short stories is definately geared for younger readers 8-10 year-old. They are much tamer than the stories in the Alvin Schwartz "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" series. And with any short story anthology there are hits and misses, but the younger readers may be more appreciative of some of the misses. There is humor blended in some of the stories to take the edge off and because these stories are bit size they would make great bedtime read alouds right bef This new book of creepy and macabre short stories is definately geared for younger readers 8-10 year-old. They are much tamer than the stories in the Alvin Schwartz "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" series. And with any short story anthology there are hits and misses, but the younger readers may be more appreciative of some of the misses. There is humor blended in some of the stories to take the edge off and because these stories are bit size they would make great bedtime read alouds right before bed. Some of my favorites were: "Good Dog and Bad Cat: The Scariest Tail" told from a pet dog's perspective; "The Friend" about a younger sister and older sister and the younger sister's imaginary friend; and "Two Wishes" where a twin brother tries to figure out what wish her sister wrote in a mysterious wish book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Pauline

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 🐛🐛🐛.5 Thank you, Anica for this collection of scary stories. Very scary stories indeed! But hello, worm babies?! AH! PLEASE tell me where that came from! That story will stick with me forever much like King's 1922 has! This book is not for the faint-hearted child and probably shouldn't be read right before bedtime. I appreciate the exploration of different writing styles for each story. It makes for that lovely anticipatory feeling you get when you know you're about to do something fun. The stories 🐛🐛🐛.5 Thank you, Anica for this collection of scary stories. Very scary stories indeed! But hello, worm babies?! AH! PLEASE tell me where that came from! That story will stick with me forever much like King's 1922 has! This book is not for the faint-hearted child and probably shouldn't be read right before bedtime. I appreciate the exploration of different writing styles for each story. It makes for that lovely anticipatory feeling you get when you know you're about to do something fun. The stories are short enough for young readers who may be a little reluctant to pick up books with long chapters.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Hide and Don't Seek is a great collection of CreepyPasta style stories for kids. The stories are well-crafted engaging tales that make creepy things downright scary. Dolls that steal your life, a game of hide and seek gone wrong, a dog that tries desperately to save his boy, and more. I loved the scariness that comes from not really knowing why something happened. I never read the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series so I was expecting the stories to be longer and more fleshed out. But once Hide and Don't Seek is a great collection of CreepyPasta style stories for kids. The stories are well-crafted engaging tales that make creepy things downright scary. Dolls that steal your life, a game of hide and seek gone wrong, a dog that tries desperately to save his boy, and more. I loved the scariness that comes from not really knowing why something happened. I never read the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series so I was expecting the stories to be longer and more fleshed out. But once I realized they were all short and creepy i was able to really get into the book and enjoy it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Hide and Don't Seek is a middle grade anthology of creepy/scary/unsettling stories. Being a grown adult....I was very unsettled. I did not read this at night and I am glad I didn't! Theses stories gave me chills, and the illustrations that accompanied each story definitely did not help! If you have a younger audience that likes to be a little scared while reading, or wants to try out something scary (but not too scary), this is it! Thank you to Anica Mrose Rissi, HarperCollins, and NetGalley for Hide and Don't Seek is a middle grade anthology of creepy/scary/unsettling stories. Being a grown adult....I was very unsettled. I did not read this at night and I am glad I didn't! Theses stories gave me chills, and the illustrations that accompanied each story definitely did not help! If you have a younger audience that likes to be a little scared while reading, or wants to try out something scary (but not too scary), this is it! Thank you to Anica Mrose Rissi, HarperCollins, and NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review!

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