Dirk Bones and the Mystery of the Haunted House (I Can Read Book 1 Series)

Dirk Bones and the Mystery of the Haunted House (I Can Read Book 1 Series)

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by Doug Cushman

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From the master of beginning reader mysteries, Doug Cushman, here is an exciting, spooky, and fun detective adventure.


From the master of beginning reader mysteries, Doug Cushman, here is an exciting, spooky, and fun detective adventure.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
Part of the "I Can Read!" series, this look at the skeleton detective, Dirk Bones, is a welcome addition for the mystery genre accessible to readers with the skills to read short sentences. The colorful cartoon-like illustrations provide many word clues and appear on almost every page. There are several text-only pages, but the facing page is illustration-only so the amount of text remains the same; but, this will challenge those who are currently more comfortable with text broken frequently with pictures--great way to stretch newer readers. Dirk, a reporter for "The Ghostly Tombs" newspaper, investigates mysterious noises coming from a haunted house in the town of Ghostly. The reader is quickly aware that the town's inhabitants are all ghosts and goblins that are scared by the strange noises. The really observant reader will realize that some of the sounds were on the very first page as Dirk sat at his typewriter--"Clackity-click! Ding!" After facing several unnerving moments with a drip, drip, dripping pipe in the basement and an encounter with Wallace the (Were?) Wolf in the graveyard behind the house, Dirk discovers the source of the distressful noises. Sherman the Vampire is testing recipes for the cookbook he is writing on an old fashioned typewriter (just like Dirk's) and the "glub glub" noises are emanating from the cauldron he is using to cook up "bat foot stew." The newspaper editor is pleased with Dirk's story, which explains to the townspeople that they need not be afraid of the noises; but he has a new story for Dirk to follow--a werewolf who is afraid of the moon (the one Dirk met in the cemetery? We'll have to wait and see.). In this computer age, the typewriter seemslike an ancient artifact and may have to be explained to children, thus giving the story another level for discussion.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Dirk Bones, a skeleton newspaper reporter for The Ghostly Tombs, is dispatched to a haunted house on Ghoul Street, where the residents complain about spooky noises coming from their cellar. Dirk's investigation leads him to the nearby graveyard, where the sounds are traced to a crypt containing a bubbling soup pot and a vampire who is writing a cookbook. Cushman's illustrations are delightfully silly and spirited; his hilarious plot will please youngsters who often claim that they want horror but are relieved to get humor instead. This title has more sentences per page and more sophisticated puns than the usual "Level 1" reader. However, librarians, whose focus is not exclusively decoding, will welcome this addition to the primer shelves both at Halloween time and throughout the year.-Gloria Koster, West School, New Canaan, CT Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The creator of Aunt Eater and Inspector Hopper opens a new easy-reader series featuring an even less conventional sleuth. Two specters haunting a house in the aptly named town of Ghostly are frightened by mysterious, un-ghostly clackings and clickings. Enter Dirk Bones, skeletal investigative journalist for the Ghostly Tombs. Properly outfitted in trench coat and green fedora, Bones sets out into a stormy night on a successful investigation that takes him from creepy basement to spooky graveyard, and includes encounters with a terrified werewolf, a vampire Emeril wannabe and other typical town residents-all easily recognizable but decidedly non-menacing figures in the cartoon illustrations. A burbling cauldron of "bat foot stew with crispy worm brains" is but one of the shivery delights that await emergent readers in this not-too-creepy caper. Stay tuned for sequels. (Easy reader. 6-8)

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I Can Read Book 1 Series
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4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Doug Cushman is the creator of many favorite mystery stories for young readers featuring such memorable heroes as the intrepid Aunt Eater, the grasshopper gumshoe Inspector Hopper, and the ace reporter Dirk Bones. He has also illustrated many books written by other authors, including Jack Prelutsky's What a Day It Was at School! He lives in Paris, France.

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Dirk Bones and the Mystery of the Haunted House 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book for early readers. There need to be more than two of these. Looking forward to the next one!
Morgan Jones More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great I love it
jewelryladyFL More than 1 year ago
Cute and well-done. Grandson loved it .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Need more titles from the series available!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 3 and 4 year old really enjoyed this book.
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