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Valentina and the Haunted Mansion (Valentina's Spooky Adventures - 1) Paperback – May 6, 2013
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Valentina and her family move into a big mansion, taking her away from her friends. They are vampires, but Valentina is like any other little girl - afraid of the unknown. Who knows what monsters are lurking in the big, scary mansion, just waiting to be mean to her? Her older brother teases her about it, and she throws a big tantrum. Her parents calm her down and suggest that she look for a room of her own. While she is exploring the mansion, she keeps seeing footprints and hearing noises - such as slamming doors. But no one is there! Eventually she finds a room that will be perfect for her...and comes face-to-face with a little boy ghost, who becomes her new friend.
My eight year old daughter also read this book, and she really liked it. She said she would give it four stars, and didn't think there was anything wrong with it at all.
I received an electronic ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Valentina is angry with her parents who have brought her to a new home. She doesn't want to move and leave her friends behind. Their new house is a mansion with hundreds of windows. A scary house in the moonlight. As she stares up at the house, she wonders what kind of monsters it might be harboring. She has no trouble imagining werewolves or witches. She's a child vampire.
Valentina has known her share of monsters, and some don't bother her. But that doesn't mean she isn't scared by mean monsters. She shivers upon entering the house of endless shadows. She's frightened, and her brother doesn't help. He taunts her, as siblings do. She loses control and screams that she wants to go home.
Her parents calm her down, and suggest she look for a room to call her own. She begins to explore the house, and as she does, she feels somebody watching her. I can't tell you more without spoiling the story. But I can tell you that it's a story you and your children can enjoy together. There are some great messages to take away from the story, too.
I can't forget to tell you about the illustrations. I would read a page, then turn to the next and smile in delight at the pictures. Wonderful drawings of Valentina, her family, the lovely mansion, and of course a few monsters. My favorite pictures show Valentina with her two little fangs. A little black bat adorns every page of text, too. Perfect illustrations for a delightful story.
A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
The only plus side to a new home is Valentina gets to pick her own bedroom. I was quite impressed that despite Valentina's fears she happily started exploring and boldly wandered into some creepy rooms. When she finally discovers the perfect bedroom she also discovers something else: a ghost!
At first Valentina is suspicious and tells the ghost to get out of her house. But soon she recognizes that the ghost is just as lonely as she is and only wants a friend to play with.
I read this book to my daughters (age 7 and 5) before bed one night. They really enjoyed the story and the illustrations. I think this book is a great lesson to kids that being nice will result in good things and to not always assume the worst in people.
4 out of 5 stars
I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review
It read easily with great description where the pictures (though amazing) weren't needed for the imagination but were an added bonus for sure. The story introduced a macabre world similar to that of the Addams Family or the Munsters (obvious classics). The illustrations were adorable and expressive when accompanying the creepily compelling story.