Anancy and the Haunted House

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Anancy was the biggest and strongest spider in the whole town. He had traveled far and wide, climbed the highest mountains, and, yes, scared the most famous people. He loved to boast about his adventures, which, according to him, were bigger and better than anyone else's.

...until the day he swaggers into the haunted house at midnight. Just as his friends warned him, inside Anancy encounters a large rooster that dances on the table. The ...

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Overview

Anancy was the biggest and strongest spider in the whole town. He had traveled far and wide, climbed the highest mountains, and, yes, scared the most famous people. He loved to boast about his adventures, which, according to him, were bigger and better than anyone else's.

...until the day he swaggers into the haunted house at midnight. Just as his friends warned him, inside Anancy encounters a large rooster that dances on the table. The rooster invites Anancy to show off his talents too, and with all his friends watching, Anancy can't refuse. Suddenly, the rooster pounces and Anancy is pinned to the table. But just before Anancy becomes the rooster's next juicy meal, he is saved by the heroic efforts of his little friends.

Anancy (Anansi) stories originate in the oral tradition of the Ashanti people of Ghana. The character became a symbol of survival when introduced to Caribbean folklore by African slaves. In this original tale Anancy is at times generous and greedy, foolish but wise, and both timid and brave. He teaches us that there is strength in numbers.

About the author:

Richardo Keens-Douglas, an actor, playwright, author, and storyteller, has published six previous picture books for children, including The Trial of the Stone and The Nutmeg Princess. His works have appeared on American Bookseller's "Pick of the Lists" and been nominated for the Governor General's Award and the Silver Birch Award, among others. He presently divides his time between Grenada and Toronto.

Stéphane Jorisch is an award-winning artist and designer who lives with his family in Montreal. He has illustrated four previouspicture books for Annick Press, including As for the Princess?, which he also wrote, and an earlier book by Richardo Keens-Douglas, The Trial of the Stone.

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Editorial Reviews

Quill and Quire
Stéphane Jorisch's buoyant watercolor and pencil illustrations ... capture the essence of Anancy beautifully.

— Jeffrey Canton

Canadian Materials
Bold and often wacky depictions of the characters and setting in this tale should tickle the fancy of readers. Recommended.
— Val Nielsen
Jeffrey Canton
Stéphane Jorisch's buoyant watercolor and pencil illustrations ... capture the essence of Anancy beautifully.
Quill & Quire
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-In this original tale, all of the little spiders admire Anancy, who is the biggest and the best. They invite him to join them for a party near the scary Haunted House inhabited by a dancing rooster with a fondness for spiders' legs. Anancy, true to form, swaggers through the door and promptly loses his nerve, his cool, and nearly his life. The little spiders come to his rescue, imprison the rooster in their silky strands, and free their friend. The author attempts to write in the style of cautionary "Anansi" stories but fails. The story line lacks cohesion, humor, and subtlety. The illustrations, rendered in watercolor and pencil, are unattractive and portray Anancy as a buffoon who needs makeup lessons. Skip this version.-Susan Pine, New York Public Library Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Quill and Quire - Jeffrey Canton
Stéphane Jorisch's buoyant watercolor and pencil illustrations ... capture the essence of Anancy beautifully.
Canadian Materials - Val Nielsen
It is no wonder that tales featuring the lovable eight-legged trickster Anancy...turn up regularly in children's literature. Most are re-workings of stories which originated among the Ashanti people of Ghana; however Keens-Douglas' tale entitled Anancy and the Haunted House is an original one. As a first class storyteller, the author knows exactly how to produce a written text that mimics the oral tradition.... [Stephane] Jorisch's always bold and often wacky depictions of the characters and setting in this tale should tickle the fancy of readers young and old. The style and length of this Anancy tale makes it perfect, either by itself, or as one of several selections chosen by a teachers or librarian, for story hour presentation. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550377361
  • Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/7/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Richardo Keens-Douglas, an actor, playwright, author, and storyteller, has published six previous picture books for children, including The Trial of the Stone and The Nutmeg Princess. His works have appeared on American Bookseller's "Pick of the Lists" and been nominated for the Governor General's Award and the Silver Birch Award, among others. He presently divides his time between Grenada and Toronto.

Stéphane Jorisch is an award-winning artist and designer who lives with his family in Montreal. He has illustrated four previous picture books for Annick Press, including As for the Princess?, which he also wrote, and an earlier book by Richardo Keens-Douglas, The Trial of the Stone.

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