It Creeps!

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Children's Literature - Paula Rohrlick
When budding scientist Malcolm sees an ad in the back of Beyond Belief magazine for an Ecto-Handheld-Automatic-Heat-Sensitive-Laser-Enhanced Spector Detector, he cannot wait to buy it and try it out. The ten-year-old and his best friend Dandy plan to use this handy tool at the haunted McBleaky house; Malcolm's grandmother tells him all about practical joker Herbert McBleaky, who even after death continued to play tricks on his brother Howard. Sure enough, when Malcolm and Dandy sneak into the house, the Spector Detector starts bleeping wildly, and a wispy voice keeps hissing, "it creeps." There is more humor than horror in this promising first book in a new series. Detailed black-and-white drawings depict the lively characters, from Malcolm's grandmother, who only pretends to be senile, to Malcolm's older sister, with whom he is at war, to the prankster ghost himself. An engaging read, with an appealingly creepy cover showing the two boys creeping up to the haunted house. This is the first book in the "Ghost Detective" series. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick
School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—Tech-toy aficionado Malcolm and his sidekick Dandy cruise around their neighborhood attempting to find and neutralize ghosts. Creeps! begins with Malcolm buying the battery-powered "Ecto-Handheld-Automatic-Heat-Sensitive-Laser-Enhanced Specter Detector" from a magazine ad. While it looks more like a blow dryer than a sensitive ghost-hunting instrument, the boys do manage to detect a ghost haunting the old McBleaky Place. In Book 2, they add to their collection of equipment with the matching "Ghost Zapper." Black-and-white illustrations enhance the large-print, easy-to-read texts. Filled with quirky characters such as Malcolm's make-up-caked sister and dotty Grandma Eunice, these early chapter books are sure to delight fans of Dan Greenburg's "Secrets of Dripping Fang" (Harcourt) or Dave Keane's "Joe Sherlock" (HarperCollins) series.—Kathleen Meulen Ellison, Sakai Intermediate School, Bainbridge Island, WA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602706903
  • Publisher: Magic Wagon
  • Publication date: 8/15/2009
  • Series: Ghost Detectors Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

    ¿It Creeps!¿ is book one in Dotti Enderle¿s ¿Ghost Detectors¿ se

    “It Creeps!” is book one in Dotti Enderle’s “Ghost Detectors” series. This short chapter book with black-and-white illustrations is intended for young children, and as such it is slightly immature and silly. Reminiscent of Jimmy Neutron, Malcolm—the main character—is a junior inventor and scientist with his rather clueless sidekick, Dandy. When he isn’t busy fending off his older sister Cocoa, Malcolm enjoys discovering new devices. Of course he is unable to resist an ad for the Ecto-Handheld-Automatic-Heat-Sensitive-Laser-Enhanced Specter Detector, which entices him to check out the local haunted house in search of ghosts. He and Dandy may end up finding more than they bargain for, however, in this fun and mildly frightening story, the last page of which is dedicated to the “Top Five Ways to Detect a Ghost, Spirit, or Poltergeist.” Young children who are fond of silly antics with a slightly ghostly theme will likely enjoy this book with its short length and quick ending.

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