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In the Haunted House Paperback – September 19, 1994


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (September 19, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395699428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395699423
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 8.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Four sneakered feet, two large and two small, tiptoe through a house chock-full of otherworldly creatures--a vampire, ghosts and a mummy, among others--in Bunting's second Halloween excursion. Like her Scary, Scary Halloween (which was illustrated by Jan Brett), this book features comically creepy rhymes ("Who's in the closet, dark as a tomb / Rattling his bones in the gloom-gloomy-gloom?"), a small, built-in mystery (how can such a haunted house be real ?) and a cheery surprise at the end (the owner of the big feet has been more frightened by the weird goings-on than has his little partner). Meddaugh's illustrations strike a nice balance between scary and silly, and include lots of rewards for observant readers: parents and art-wise children may note a homage to Picasso on one page. All in all, this winning addition to the Halloween bookshelf is sure to prompt as many giggles and shivers as the holiday itself. Ages 3-6.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Invitingly scary, this Halloween romp follows the sneaker-clad footsteps of two children as they make their way through a haunted house. Showing only their feet entering or leaving the rooms heightens the atmosphere of suspense. The horrors of each room are briefly but chillingly described, while the scratchy pencil and watercolor illustrations invite close scrutiny. Carefully placed clues belie the house's sinister atmosphere, but not all of the creatures can be explained away, giving the story a pleasing ambiguity. The younger child appears less frightened than the older, who pleads: "I know you're not frightened, but still . . . we could go. No one would notice. 'No,' you say? 'No'?" Children will enjoy the upbeat ending, as little sister drags her reluctant brother back for another house tour. A spooky bit of fun for Halloween storytimes. --Ruth Smith, Chicago Public Library
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Eve Bunting has written more than 200 books for children, many of which can be found in libraries around the world. Her other Clarion titles for very young readers include My Big Boy Bed, which was also illustrated by Maggie Smith, and Little Bear's Little Boat, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. She lives in Pasadena, California.

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Fun and little kids will like the being scared in a safe way.
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My son really likes this book and is currently requesting it most every night.
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The illustrations are cute and the rhyming words are fun to read.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Donna Maria on May 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
My son and I have read this book over and over and over again. Whether it's Halloween time or not this book will be a sure favorite of kids' who like the dark side. Don't take this to mean that the book is dark or scary. What I mean is that if your kids have a taste for spookies then this book will not fail to please. Great pictures with subtle hidden pictures that show that the spookies and such aren't real in this haunted house. The text is fun to read outloud to the wee ones.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. Hudson on July 18, 2007
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My 3 1/2 & 21 month old sons love this book and insist I read it to them evry night before bedtime. The artwork is attention grabbing and the prose has a nice cadence. Of course I throw in my own personal sound effects for the witches, ghosts, werewolf & Frankenstein. This just gets them giggling like crazy. This book is not too scary for the littlest kids, because if you look closely, there's almost always a 'hidden' item which helps explains the 'spooky' stuff. You can point this out as you go along. The surprise ending is quite nice too. I highly reccommend this book for kids 18 months to 5 years.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Krista -F on June 29, 2006
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I started reading this book to my kids when they were both around the age of four. Now they are about six and eight and they still love it. Funny book.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Keeler on September 6, 2005
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We write sensory descriptive stories about a fictional visit to a haunted house so this one is very inspiring! Not too scarry but nice descriptive language!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By emilyinmichigan on January 9, 2012
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Title says it all. This book tells a great story in words and pictures about a girl and her Dad visiting a haunted house. My 5 and nearly 3 year olds both really enjoy it. Anything "scary" about the haunted house is explained away by careful inspection of the pictures - to the great delight of my 5 yr old.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By silia on March 24, 2013
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Since the Halloween my daughters were old enough to say "trick or treat" aloud (not whispered from behind us), they've become interested in haunted houses. We've been careful/lucky to not actually scare them with anything too frightening and they enjoy thinking they're being brave. They even went on the Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland and said it was one of their favorites! (I secretly think they were too short to see everything.) So I knew they could handle this book.

This is a cute book with rhymes that walk the reader through a "haunted house". The narrator takes the place of a parent escorting their child through. Each scene has a short description of a monster or a ghost or an object that might be scary. Nothing actually threatens or chases the reader. The illustrations are good and my children were happy to point out little details like spiders or cats they found in the room. This is a nice book to enjoy with your little thrill seekers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CarolRabbit on August 23, 2010
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My favorite kindergarten teacher loved this nice non-spooky book on many levels. It is great for the kids to find little clues and objects and they are real attentive and involved plus having fun. This book would be perfect for even younger children. It was a great purchase and teaching aid.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By April J. Carman on October 1, 2008
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My son really likes this book and is currently requesting it most every night. At four years old I don't think he has any idea what a Haunted House is, but he loves seeing the monsters, ghosts and skeletons.
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