Haunted House, Haunted Mouseby Judy Cox, Jeffrey Ebbeler
Mouse’s appetite leads him on a
Halloween adventure when he hitches a ride in a trick-or-treat bag of candy and finds himself alone in a haunted house.
“Cox keeps readers turning the pages with fast-paced action in her descriptive text.”
“Ebbeler’s acrylic paintings do a wonderful job of conveying the little rodent’s emotions throughout the story.”
Those charmed by Mouse's previous adventures inOne is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale(2009) andCinco de Mouse-O!(2010) should prepare for gasps and giggles as he struggles through a series of (somewhat) unfortunate events.
After peeking from his "hidey-hole," Mouse ventures out to make the most of a trick-or-treater's dropped bag. He crawls into it, finding "more candy than Mouse had ever seen"—but he is whisked off while still inside. After being carried, swinging and swaying, around the neighborhood, the sack is dropped again, and disoriented Mouse finds himself caught in a serious downpour. Seeking shelter, he scampers into an abandoned house. Is it haunted? No, but heislost, far from his home. In a sweet turn, candy literally saves the night. Mouse spies "a cherry lollipop shining in the moonlight," one of many pieces of Halloween loot that make a trail he can follow all the way home. Cox keeps readers turning pages with fast-paced action in her descriptive text. Ebbeler contributes plenty for the eye to feast upon in his bountiful acrylic-on-paper scenes. Readers will delight in the cast of costumed characters populating the pages and get a true feel for Mouse's perspective in both exciting and slightly dire situations.
Consider this a Halloween treat for children ready for longer, more visually complex picture-book fare.(Picture book. 4-7)
Meet the Author
Judy Cox was born in San Francisco. She is the oldest of five children and enjoyed telling stories from an early age. She is a reading teacher at a small rural school and is inspired to write children's books by her own love of good literature, by raising her son, and by teaching her students.
Kirby Heyborne has received critical acclaim for his starring role in the award-winning World War II drama Saints and Soldiers. He has had starring roles in eight other features and two short films, and has also appeared on the WB's Everwood and many national commercials. He has garnered rave reviews for his narration for Books on Tape over the years and is considered one of the finest narrators working today.
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