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I'm Not Afraid Of This Haunted House Hardcover – August 1, 2005

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Grade 1-3–Simon Lester Henry Strauss insists again and again that he is not afraid of this haunted house. As he and his friends go further inside it, the rhymes and his efforts to prove his bravery get more grotesque. Primary-grade children will love the verses of horrific comedy (I'm not afraid when a wedding takes place,/and Frankenstein's bride can't find her face) but, unfortunately, they may pass this picture book over, assuming that it is for the preschool set, which it clearly is not. The pictures and perfect singsong rhythm of the rhyming text belie some of the edgier and gorier couplets (At the reception, I try blood and brains./For dessert, I sample guts and veins). Simon's I'm-not-afraid mantra gets louder and larger on the page until the end when readers find that though he is bold and headstrong, there is one small thing that does in fact scare him quite a bit. Funny images in muted tones of a screaming ghoul, a werewolf, bloodsucking beasts, and a pool of blood dominate the pages, while the young protagonist relishes all that he encounters.–Julie Roach, Watertown Free Public Library, MA
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K-Gr. 2. Who could ask for more in a Halloween book than full-color illustrations oozing goo, eyeballs, and hideous creatures? In fact, this entry in the spooky book fest also delivers a fun story, though Murfin's pictures (reminiscent of the Lane Smith's in Math Curse, 1995) are enough to satisfy all on their own. The rhyming text, about facing down fears, centers on kids going through a haunted house. As they venture along, their leader, Simon Lester Henry Strauss, loudly proclaims: "I'm not afraid of this haunted house!" Nothing scares Simon--not the Vampire's Feast, the werewolf, the graveyard, or Frankenstein's wedding. The deliciously creepy yet comical pictures show Simon propelling running and tumbling kids from one fright to another--until he meets his own surprising match at the close. Connie Fletcher
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575057514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575057514
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 9.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,213,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Laurie Friedman is the author of over 40 award-winning books for children including the Mallory McDonald chapter book series for 7-10 year olds. The newest book in the series, #24 Change Is In The Air, Mallory is now available. Laurie is also the author of The Mostly Miserable Life of April Sinclair journal-style series for tweens as well as many rhyming picture books.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Vermette on August 14, 2008
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I bought this book for my daughter when she was almost 4. She adores this book. She love the rhymes, the repetition and the bright intricate pictures. There is enough repetition to have kids love it, but not so much to bore the adult that is reading it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SpazGirl on August 29, 2012
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I don't normally review the picture books I read to my kids, but...

My two year old boy loved it.
My four year old boy loved it.
My ten year old girl loved it.
I loved it.

Very fun to read with a snooty Malfoy-like voice, and funny at the end.

Parents who avoid more gross things with their kids might want to steer clear. It does joke about eating spiders, "blood and brains," and "Guts and veins." It is a Halloween book though it you can accept it with that in mind. It has vampires, fortune tellers, skeletons, goblins, ghouls, werewolves, et cetera.

Initially I checked it out from the library, but I just had to add this book to our own shelves at home.
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By Mominoc on October 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My three elementary-aged kids love this book and we read it multiple times every Halloween. One of their favorite things is to say his name themselves as it comes up on every page (Simon Lester Henry Strauss). The illustrations are gross but in my opinion, not inappropriate and detailed enough that my kids like to look over each page and point out the funny but yucky things in the haunted house. It has a great ending also!

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Really cute and creepy. Excellent read aloud esp at Halloween. My son loves all the eyeballs. Just yucky enough to entertain, not at all nightmare provoking. Great gift fory any October birthday.
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