Ricky's Spooky House

Edgar Allan Poe As A Children’s Book (Plus A Giveaway)

A local Richmond author and friend of a friend took an Edgar Allan Poe work and made into a children’s book.

Ricky's Spooky House
Ricky’s Spooky House

There will be a subset of people who read that first sentence and say YAY! without a flinch. Others will be a little concerned. Both will be happy to hear the book pulls off Edgar Allan Poe without scaring the bejesus out of little kids. (I didn’t just write that so I could use “bejesus” — okay maybe a little.)

The book is based on the The Fall of the House of Usher (feel free to click that link for the synopsis. I did!) but without the dead/back-from-the-dead body (unless you take “sleep is the twin of death” very seriously). The illustrations are haunting and beautiful (and available as postcards!). Although the book is geared towards 2-5 year olds, even my 7-year-old was drawn to the book, and I loved it as a jumping off place to talk about Poe.

Edgar Allen Poe as a children's book
But my 5-year-old love it best.

The best news is Micah Edwards and Tom Brown may collaborate on more books based on Edgar Allan Poe. I’m pulling for The Tell-Tale Heart mostly because I heard a beating heart for weeks after my first reading of it.

The second best news is they’ve agreed to giveaway a book for one lucky Late Enough reader.

To qualify for any Late Enough giveaways you have subscribe by email, RSS, Bloglovin, or newsletter. If you already follow along (or just signed up), enter this book giveaway by leaving a comment on this post letting me know what favorite author or tale you would like to see as a children’s book. “Easy peasy,” as Poe would never say.

This giveaway ends on June 11, 2014 at noon EST and is open to U.S. readers only. I will use random.org to chose the winner based on the comments below and notify them by email. If you use Facebook to comment, please include your email address in the comment. The winner has 24 hours to reply, or I will have to choose a new winner and everyone will be sad except the new winner. Read official rules here.

If you can’t wait for the giveaway, buy Ricky’s Spooky House for the coolest kids you know.

Disclaimer: I was sent the book and offered to do a giveaway for free because I like books and local authors and Edgar Allan Poe.

THE WINNER IS TARA (who found out right after the giveaway ended, but I forgot the update this post! So sorry!)

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

6 thoughts to “Edgar Allan Poe As A Children’s Book (Plus A Giveaway)”

  1. I love Edgar Allan Poe! I first encountered his works for literature class in High School. It would be great to be able to share his works to my little nephew without scaring the pants out of him. This is wonderful! I hope they do more of Poe’s works!

  2. This is such a neat idea. My daughter is at that age where she seems to enjoy being just a little scared. The illustrations look cool, and just a little creepy, too. If I win I am going to not quote Poe and tell everyone it was “easy peasy” and only scared a little of the bejesus out of me.

  3. I follow you on Bloglovin as MsCarolsueA.
    Maybe White Fang by Jack London. Or how about The Raven by Poe?
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