Ricky's Spooky House: Poe's House of Usher reimagined for children
Ricky's Spooky House (The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe) rewritten by Micah Edwards, Illustrated by Tom Brown
Edgar Allan Poe is one of the greatest storytellers ever, and you'd like to share him with your kids. But isn't he too scary? No longer! Ricky's Spooky House, the first in the Li'l Eddie series of books, is a retelling of Poe's classic The Fall of the House of Usher. The beautiful pictures and entertainingly tamed story would horrify Poe, but will delight children and parents alike.
This is the first book in Micah Edwards' "Li'l Eddie" book series. These books keep the bones of Poe's original work intact, but recast everything in a tone and style suitable for children.
Li'l Eddie and his tales were invented as a joke back in 2010. Essentially, Micah's thought process was, "What's the least appropriate reinterpretation of an Edgar Allan Poe story?" He briefly dabbled with the idea of interpretive dance, but settled instead upon a children's story.
Poe's doubtless turning over in his grave at this. Really, though, Micah thinks Poe would completely approve of turning over in his grave. So in a roundabout way, it's what he would have wanted.
Tom Brown's delightful illustrations bring the spooky fun to life!