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The Banshee Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-01-15 
Review Score: 3 out of 5 star From 6 user ratings
ISBN:0618821627
LANGUAGE:English

"What I love the most about living in a large metro area and having these big huge libraries to choose books from is I often find books I'm surprised to find as picture books. To me, I honestly don't care. I know even small children all have different tastes and I think there should be a variety of books out there for them. But I know most adults, especially parents, think otherwise and feel as if they know everything about what is best for all children of the world, and therefore when a story like this comes along, I'm surprised there wasn't such stink about it that it got banned from libraries.

This is, for all intents and purposes, basically a scary story for children. The illustrations could be considered a bit frightening and the storyline is for sure. But, I think it's cool. I nanny for a little 7 year old girl that loves all things scary and creepy. She would probably love this book. For me, it was kind of "eh." It was an alright story and the illustrations were okay. The ending felt very abrupt to me. But besides my own personal opinion of the book, I do find it quite fantastic that such a scary book exists for children.

However, if you are a parent, I would advise reading the book through first before deciding to read it to your children. I can imagine many an unsuspecting parent either checked out this book or bought this book for their child thinking it might just be another cutesy kid story about witches and whatnot to find something completely different. And I'd guess that many of those parents probably weren't happy about it.

But for me, I think it's neat a book like this exists, even if I didn't enjoy it that much.
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"This was kind of a spooky scary book for younger and or sensitive readers-listeners. My adult special needs son got scared from time to time as I was reading it him so not real sure he enjoyed the book; but to me it was a pretty nice book (of course for age appropriate)

A little boy was afraid of the Banshee that he'd been told of. He was afraid she was after him. So he got his curage up and went outside with his favorite feather that his dad gave him. it gave him courage and he felt if he gave it to the banshee she wouldn't come after him or his family. What he found wasn't the banshee but things in his yard and it's shadow. BUT he wasn't taking any chances and left the feather 'just in case'....
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" This is well written but I think it might be better for older kids than my son. At 5 he found this pretty scary. It plays off the creepiness very well especially with the art style. " said.

" Not a bad ghost story. In fact, such a not-bad ghost story that I wouldn't hand this to anybody under 3rd grade. " said.

" This is a wonderfully haunting tale that is just the right amount of creepy without being over-the-top or giving a child a nightmare. The Irish lore incorporated into the tale is terrific and I love the concern the boy has for his brother. Overall, it's a great book to read aloud, especially at Halloween. We really enjoyed reading this book together. " said.

"Lying in bed on a cold and windy Ireland night, Terry is frightened by the screeing of a banshee outside in the yard. Is it coming for him? For Liam, his sickly brother? Or for Ma or Pa? Ma says banshees are just superstition, but Terry's friend Colin saw one once, so Terry's not sure who to believe. This book is spooky enough in tone to keep kids listening but not so scary they'll abandon it in fright, and the reassuring ending will be welcomed by many nervous children. McCully's watercolors in dark browns and grays with a touch of blue almost tell the story on their own, revealing the boy's emotions vividly. Read this to younger elementary students at Halloween for just the right amount of creepy." said.

"This story was scary!!! with both supernatural fears and the very real fear of the possible death of an ill child/sibling in this family's house. In Irish hfolklore, the banshee is said to cry around the house of one who will die--so the older brother in this story is very worried when he hears a "scree! scree!" outside because his brother is not well and he is afraid it means he will die--and because banshees are really scary looking and he doesn't want one around! His mother won't believe that it's a banshee, so the boy bravely goes to investigate, taking his beloved peacock feather as an offering to the banshee, hoping she will take it an spare his brother's life. But, is there really a banshee outside???

This story nicely displays brotherly love, selflessness and bravery... and the conflagration of imagination when given just a little bit of frightening fodder. Truth be told, it was a little scary/dark for my taste, but I definitely appreciated the effort.
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"What I love the most about living in a large metro area and having these big huge libraries to choose books from is I often find books I'm surprised to find as picture books. To me, I honestly don't care. I know even small children all have different tastes and I think there should be a variety of books out there for them. But I know most adults, especially parents, think otherwise and feel as if they know everything about what is best for all children of the world, and therefore when a story like this comes along, I'm surprised there wasn't such stink about it that it got banned from libraries.

This is, for all intents and purposes, basically a scary story for children. The illustrations could be considered a bit frightening and the storyline is for sure. But, I think it's cool. I nanny for a little 7 year old girl that loves all things scary and creepy. She would probably love this book. For me, it was kind of "eh." It was an alright story and the illustrations were okay. The ending felt very abrupt to me. But besides my own personal opinion of the book, I do find it quite fantastic that such a scary book exists for children.

However, if you are a parent, I would advise reading the book through first before deciding to read it to your children. I can imagine many an unsuspecting parent either checked out this book or bought this book for their child thinking it might just be another cutesy kid story about witches and whatnot to find something completely different. And I'd guess that many of those parents probably weren't happy about it.

But for me, I think it's neat a book like this exists, even if I didn't enjoy it that much.
" said.

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