Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
If your young readers like Going on a Bear Hunt, they'll love Into the Castle. Intrepid young explorers set out to discover whether or not a monster REALLY dwells in the nearby castle. The rhymed text builds to a not-too-scary climax, after which our explorers run home dashing by all the landmarks that they slowly passed on their way into the castle. Here's a great way to capitalize on young children's fascination with castles while also developing such concepts as sequence, prepositions, and reverse order. Besides, it's fun!
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-K-A lyrical picture book akin to Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury's We're Going on a Bear Hunt (McElderry, 1989). Here, three brave children, a dog, and a horse go to a castle they believe has been abandoned by a monster. "On the hill is a castle-/Let's go and see./They say a monster lives inside,/But no, that couldn't be." Around the castle is a moat, across the moat a drawbridge, beyond the drawbridge a yard, across the yard a passage, etc. Yet the group finds no real signs of life until they arrive in a dark dungeon where indeed there is a monster. They run out the door, up the steps, along the passage, retracing their way to safety. Once there they hear the shouts of a friendly monster: "Thanks for letting me out!" With double-page, cartoonlike watercolor-and-pencil illustrations depicting characters dressed in medieval costumes and a rhythmic text that easily lends itself to audience participation, this story is a fine choice for a read-aloud setting.-Helen Rosenberg, Chicago Public Library, IL

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Candlewick Press
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Product dimensions:
10.21(w) x 8.39(h) x 0.11(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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