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Who's in the Hall?: A Mystery in Four Chapters Hardcover – August 31, 2000


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 400L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow (August 31, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688162614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688162610
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,097,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Billed as a mystery, Hearne's (Seven Brave Women) picture book hybrid is more successful as an example of how to proceed when strangers call at the door. A quartet of brief "chapters" centers on the doings in an urban apartment building, where a shadowy personage calling him/herself "the janitor" lurks in the hallway. Hale's (Juan Bobo and the Pig) cartoon-like illustrations play up the mystery angleAand sinister undercurrentsAwith lots of "fish-eye" angle shots through apartment door peepholes. The janitor first visits the apartment of a girl named Lizzy and her dogs Wag and Wave, on the top floor, then twin siblings Rowan and Ryan and their pet rat, on the ground floor, in both cases claiming that a sink needs fixing. Also in both instances, the baby-sitter in the respective apartments has stepped out briefly, leaving their charges with strict instructions not to let anyone inAand they don't. When the children along with baby-sitters Nelly and Nick meet to play, they unravel the secret of the janitor's identity. The children's responses to the janitor could serve as useful role-playing script for parents or caregivers to practice with readers; however, it's a fairly slim hook to hang a story on. Ages 5-up.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-5-Lizzy lives on the top floor of an apartment building with her mother, father, and two dogs; a baby-sitter takes care of her during the day. Rowan and Ryan and their pet rat move in on the first floor, and they, too, have a baby-sitter while their mother and grandmother work. When the new janitor comes to the wrong apartment to fix a sink, a flurry of confusion ensues. The book challenges readers to interact with the pictures and text and follow various story lines to get all of the characters together. While the full-page black-ink-and-watercolor illustrations work with the text, youngsters can also follow the action in the sidebars and small comic strips that accompany the story. Incorporating graphic synergy, words become part of the pictures. Changing perspectives show part of a face through a peephole or long shots of the hallway. Thick borders frame the pictures that sometimes burst out of their boundaries. The writing incorporates clever dialogue, witty wordplay, and tongue-twisting repetition and rhyme. The interactive style will encourage reluctant readers and the language lends itself to reading aloud. An excellent blend of good writing and fine illustration.
Marlene Gawron, Orange County Library, Orlando, FL
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