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The Scary Sleepover
Author Ulrich Karger
Original title Geisterstunde im Kindergarten
Translator J. Alison James
Illustrator Uli Waas
Country Germany
Language German
Genre Children's
Publisher North South Books
Publication date
Published in English
Media type picture book
Pages 24
ISBN 0-7358-1712-X (hardcover-edition)
OCLC 48767627
[E] 21
LC Class PZ7.K134 Sc 2002

The Scary Sleepover is a children's picture book, written for children between three and six years of age. The story is written by Ulrich Karger and illustrated by Uli Waas.

Plot summary

The book tells about a group of children having a Halloween sleepover party at school (Kindergarten). The children prepare for it by making decorations and costumes. As night draws near, so do the children's fears. One student, Mary, shares a trick her father taught her with the other students. He gave her a special bright star - whenever she feels afraid to go to bed, she has only to think about her star. This sends the darkness and the evil ghosts from her heart. Jonas does not believe in that, but he also thinks he is not afraid of ghosts. In the end, all the children need another, older trick: keeping the hallway light on all night.


The Scary Sleepover focuses on children who learn to overcome their fears of the dark by the example of a Halloween sleepover at school. Incidentally is detected: "The most boastful of the children becomes the most afraid. The Halloween setting with masks and long shadows in the dark is the perfect backdrop for this discussion."

Book Information

  • (Hard Cover / North South Books Inc., New York)
  • (Library Edition / North South Books Inc., New York)
  • (Paperback for the school market / Scholastic Inc., New York)

In addition, this picture book with the illustrations by Uli Waas is published and translated also in the following languages:

  • German original by Ulrich Karger: Geisterstunde im Kindergarten, 2002
  • Dutch by Sander Hendriks: Spoken in de speelzaal, 2002
  • French by Anne Ruck-Sultan: Halloween à l'école, 2002
  • Italian by Alessandra Valtieri: Halloween all'asilo, 2002
  • Slovene by Andreja Sabati-Suster: Ples duhov v otroškem vrtcu, 2002
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