The Monkey’s Paw

Mack’s play adaptation based on W.W. Jacobs’ classic short story, The Monkey’s Paw, appears in the April 23rd issue of Scholastic’s Scope magazine. Jacobs’ story works is based on the premise, “Be careful what you wish for.” When a family acquires a magical monkey’s paw from mystical India, they take their first wish lightly, leading to disastrous results. To get it, become a Scope subscriber by clicking here. It comes with a wide variety of support material including comprehension exercises and a quiz. Scope is aimed at the middle school level. The Monkey’s Paw is one of dozens of classics Mack has adapted for Scholastic. His book, Read-Aloud Plays: Classic Shorts Stories includes works by Gogol, Poe, Kipling, and others, including Rikki Tikki Tavi, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and The Gift of the Magi. It’s available at,, and numerous other book sellers.