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In the Haunted House Paperback – September 19, 1994

4.6 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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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.

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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.
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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: 8.8 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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Me and my five year old son read this story over and over...He is completely captivated by it! He has it memorized and I catch him reading it to himself over and over...Such a great story and the "Repetitiveness" helps keep the story in the minds of the child...Truly loved it.
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I bought this book for my 4 year old son and he just loves it. The illustrations are cute and the rhyming words are fun to read. Definitely recommend this if your little ones likes to read "scary" books that aren't too scary at all.
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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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