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The House That Drac Built Paperback – September 15, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1st Voyager Books Ed edition (September 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152018794
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152018795
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #874,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-A Halloween version of the familiar cumulative rhyme. Things get a little out of hand at Count Dracula's house- "This is the mummy from days of yore/that rose from the coffin under the floor/that fell on the monster whose bloodcurdling roar/startled the fearsome manicore..." It is only when a group of trick-or-treaters comes on the scene that all is carefully put back to rights. The darkly muted oil pastel illustrations augment the ghoulishness of the tale, with a hidden clue leading readers from one double-page spread to the next. The creatures are suitably gruesome, but because of their friendly expressions should be nonthreatening. A definite hit for holiday story programs.
Beth Irish, Orange Public Library, CA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ages 5^-7. As might be expected, the house that Drac built isn't quite the same as the one built by Jack, but the rhyme winds and unwinds with the same force and structure in both their stories. In Drac's house, everything begins when a cat bites a bat, and it isn't till a group of children in Halloween costumes visits the house that everything is put to rights--from soothing "the fearsome manticore" to bandaging the bat. Hillenbrand's monsters are quite detailed, but even at their rowdiest, they aren't truly terrifying. They're more like costumed children who are grumpy and out of control. Good for a seasonal story hour. Mary Harris Veeder --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 6, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I am a student studying to be a teacher at UNL. I used The House That Drac Built for a lesson on counting. I created a felt board and allowed the children to add the characters as I read. We counted them and then took them away at the end when the children arrive at Drac's home. I found this book to be very entertaing and useful in my lesson. It served as a perfect way to integrate literature into my Math lesson If you agree with me, please respond and let me know what you think! I would love to know what you think!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. on November 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the only books I'm willing to pay my own shipping to return it. I bought this because I liked 'Twas the Fright Before Christmas, and I liked the unique yet cute artwork of all the monsters in it and the details in the background. But this book, The House that Drac Built-- it's hard to believe it's the same artist! I have tons of picture books, and this has the ugliest artwork of them all. The manicore is gross-- a weird face and sausage-link tail. I didn't find the artwork creepy or scary in the way I'd love to see in a Halloween book for a change, but this art was just completely unappealing. I love Halloween picture books, but I highly recommend In the Haunted House and The Bones of Fred McFee, both by Eve Bunting, Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, The Old Lady who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams, or for an edgier book, Cinderella Skeleton Robert D. San Souci all over this one.
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By Dori Cohen on September 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
My 3 year old nephew adores this book. He is really into monsters and vampires and the like. Within just a few times of reading it, he now has memorized it and has a wonderful time with the words and expressions. I think he even loves to watch us adults have fun with him while we are going through the book. I adore watching him read it. It is a book I myself want to keep around for other kids as well.
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By Judith R. Mohrhauser on January 10, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My granddaughter enjoyed this book. She liked the form of the narrative, but she especially liked the engaging illustrations. I would actually give the book three and a half stars.
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By Mrs_White on December 13, 2013
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My son, who is now 17, read this book when he was in first grade and we have been trying to find it ever since. It is a good read for little ones, it's funny and entertaining!!
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