The House That Drac Built

The House That Drac Built

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by Judy Sierra, Will Hillenbrand
     
 

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One by one, a bat, a cat, a werewolf, a monster, a mummy, a zombie, and other frightful creatures emerge in the dark house. They chase, wrestle, and roar—until the doorbell rings and in walks a group of fearless trick-or-treaters who know exactly what to do.See more details below

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One by one, a bat, a cat, a werewolf, a monster, a mummy, a zombie, and other frightful creatures emerge in the dark house. They chase, wrestle, and roar—until the doorbell rings and in walks a group of fearless trick-or-treaters who know exactly what to do.

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"Jack becomes Drac in this shivery twist on the favorite cumulative rhyme. . . . [Hillenbrand's] unusual cast of creepies, rendered in creamy-colored oils and oil pastels, are great fun."-Publishers Weekly
"Jack becomes Drac in this shivery twist on the favorite cumulative rhyme. . . . [Hillenbrand's] unusual cast of creepies, rendered in creamy-colored oils and oil pastels, are great fun."-Publishers Weekly
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
This is a ferociously funny story with a cast of fearsome creatures bolting to life in Drac's haunted house all due to "the cat that bit the bat..." etc. The chain action intensifies as the monster, mummy, zombie, etc. chase, startle, or wrestle each other with abandon until a knock at the door stops the ruckus. Who can it be? A gaggle of costumed children appear and calmly tame the wild one, treat their wounds and then resume their own Halloween celebrating. Built on the familiar pattern of "The House that Jack Built," Sierra's text bristles with energy, rhythm, and freshness. The illustrations are appropriately macabre and extend the madcap humor of the text.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
This is a Halloween variation on the favorite nursery rhyme "The House That Jack Built." In this version, readers met a bat, cat, werewolf, manticore (surely everyone knows what that is), monster, mummy, zombie and fiend. The kids are not at all frightened and even help put all back in order in The House That Drac Built. The fanciful artwork that fills every spread is far more interesting than the text.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-A Halloween version of the familiar cumulative rhyme. Things get a little out of hand at Count Dracula's house- ``This is the mummy from days of yore/that rose from the coffin under the floor/that fell on the monster whose bloodcurdling roar/startled the fearsome manicore...'' It is only when a group of trick-or-treaters comes on the scene that all is carefully put back to rights. The darkly muted oil pastel illustrations augment the ghoulishness of the tale, with a hidden clue leading readers from one double-page spread to the next. The creatures are suitably gruesome, but because of their friendly expressions should be nonthreatening. A definite hit for holiday story programs.-Beth Irish, Orange Public Library, CA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152018795
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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"Jack becomes Drac in this shivery twist on the favorite cumulative rhyme. . . . [Hillenbrand's] unusual cast of creepies, rendered in creamy-colored oils and oil pastels, are great fun."-Publishers Weekly

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