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Parents' Choice Awards : Audio : Storytelling
Bill and Vick's Picks Vol. 1

Bill and Vick's Picks Vol. 1

Fall 2013 Storytelling
Ages: 10 & Up
CD Price: $9.99

There is a difference between scary and spooky. Most people enjoy a bit of spookiness, but few of us really want to be scared. Bill Wood and Vicky Town deliver five delightfully spooky stories in a manner that excites and chills while releasing pent-up tensions. Instead of using the Beowulf-style of blood-and-guts story content, these two tellers use their multi-talented voices to elicit goose bumps through their carefully crafted story material that is performed in such a fashion that the listeners are "safe" at the end of each story.

Bill begins with an old folktale from England ("Sam'l and the Great Worm") in which a "ghost" no longer wants to be a ghost. Although the story is of the jump-tale genre, its spooky build-up is refreshing, and the jump moment isn't easily predictable. Vicki follows with a chiller that occurred in a Waxworks Museum, perfect for those who have wondered what happens with wax figures after the lights go out at night. Then Bill's version of the origin of the mosquito features a blood-sucking character with slurping sound effects that will send listeners scurrying for a jacket to cover any bare flesh! "Boo Hag" gets even spookier, and "The New Mother" will convince listeners to obey their moms—always—or else! Bill and Vicky's skilled delivery produces an on-the-edge-of-your-seat eeriness that just might send kids searching for even more stories like these!

Dr. Flora Joy   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Flora has been described as a “founder” in the world of storytelling. The following are a few examples of programs or events that she began: (1) Storytelling World, an international journal for which Flora has continued to serve as editor since its first issue in the 1980s. This journal is currently part of NSN’s Storytelling Magazine. (2) The Annual Storytelling Resource Awards Program, (3) The National Storytelling Youth Olympics, and (4) The Master’s Degree Program in Storytelling at ETSU (where she taught for 41 years and is currently a Professor Emeritus). She has won many prestigious awards, including NSN’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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