13. “The Green Ribbon” from In a Dark, Dark Room by Alvin Schwartz
What it’s about: A girl who wears a mysterious green ribbon around her neck. She marries a boy named Alfred but refuses to talk about the ribbon. Eventually she grows ill and tells Alfred he can untie her ribbon. He does, and HER DAMN HEAD FALLS OFF.
Why it’s traumatizing: HER DAMN HEAD FALLS OFF.