Book Review- Half-Minute Horrors (by a lot of diff. authors)

I chose this book because Nisrene, my Language Arts teacher, had a list of short stories on her desk that were good for this wide reading assignment.


The plot of An Easy Gig by M.T. Anderson is that there is this guy named Galv who is babysitting a baby. He wonders why the baby isn’t crying…but he never goes to check on the baby, a big mistake. (I can’t write much without giving the plot away because it is a 2-3 paragraph story)

Link to An Easy Gig:

The plot of Skittering by Tui T. Sutherland: there is a boy (his name is never said,) and he kills a spider, a big, “mama” spider. The spiders come and get him…wait no…they get someone else… Someone else very dear to him. (I can’t write much without giving the plot away because it is a 2-3 paragraph story)

Link to Skittering:

An Easy Gig: In this story, one of the characters is Mrs. Kennedy. I wouldn’t like to meet her because she is an evil person who does evil things. Also, she likes to place blame on other people.

Skittering: One of the characters in this story is the spider. I don’t know very much about her, but I wouldn’t want to meet her because if I accidently hurt her, her children would kill me.

The overall book, Half-Minute Horrors, is really good and I would definitely recommend it. When a lot of people see this book, or the cover at least, they think, “Oh, it must be a book for little kids.” It’s really not. In fact the “reading age” of this book is really flexible and I would say anyone can read it. I would recommend this book because I think it’s really great that all the stories are written by different authors. There are some comics, some drawings and some poems as well as just short stories.

An Easy Gig: I think the main idea of this story is things aren’t always how they seem. The baby seemed to be there but wasn’t. The Kennedy’s seemed nice, loving parents, but they weren’t. The lasagna seemed to be normal…but wasn’t. I think the author is trying to say that we should always double-check things, because maybe, they aren’t what they seem to be.

Skittering: The main idea or theme in this story is karma. Karma, karma, karma. If you kill someone, think: will their loved ones do the same to you? What will happen when you hurt someone? Will they retaliate? Even if you kill a small animal, a spider, will anything happen to you…because you should expect it to… I think that the author it trying to say that in this world, if you do something, someone won’t like it…and they will make sure to get back at you.

…Watch your back! 🙂 …

Thanks for reading! 🙂 Please check out some of my other posts to get good reading suggestions; feel free to comment below.

Link to An Easy Gig:

Link to Skittering:

Questions answered:

Why did you choose this book?

Explain the plot of the book/story/poem, or if it is a non-fiction book/poem, what topics are covered.

Describe one of the characters in the book/story. Would you want to meet this character? Why or why not?

What is your opinion of the story/book? Would you recommend it? Why or why not?

What do you think the main idea or theme of this story/book/poem is? What is the author trying to tell you about life or our world with this story/book/poem?


3 thoughts on “Book Review- Half-Minute Horrors (by a lot of diff. authors)

  1. I liked how you didn’t give the plot away just incase I want to read this short story book in the future.

    Maybe next time you can give away a little of the plot because I think one of the questions is explain the plot of the book, or if it is a non-fiction book, what topics are covered.

    Did you only read three short stories or did you read the whole book.


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