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Twelve Haunted Rooms of Halloween [NOOK Book]


Boo! Here comes a frighteningly fun Halloween follow-up to the popular Twelve Hidden Days of Christmas.

Through the first haunted doorway, I peeked right in to see . . . a bat hanging from a crooked tree. What could be in the other 11 delightfully creepy rooms? Hidden throughout this spooky house are more than 375 items to find, including ...
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Boo! Here comes a frighteningly fun Halloween follow-up to the popular Twelve Hidden Days of Christmas.

Through the first haunted doorway, I peeked right in to see . . . a bat hanging from a crooked tree. What could be in the other 11 delightfully creepy rooms? Hidden throughout this spooky house are more than 375 items to find, including 30 monsters leaping, 36 zombies dancing, and 40 werewolves howling.

In this NOOK Kids book, children can tap to enlarge text and pinch & stretch to zoom in on pictures.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As a bear in a purple hoodie creeps through the rooms of a haunted house, a rhyme based on “The Twelve Days of Christmas” describes the spooky sights. Pamintuan’s slick digital spreads start out sparse and become increasingly lively, as more figures appear, including “six ghosts a-boooo-ing” and “eight werewolves howling.” A gatefold reveals a grand celebration and the final verse. Readers should enjoy the suspense-building formula, interactive features (several items are hidden throughout), and more kooky than spooky cartoons. Ages 2–5. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
Praise for Macky Pamintuan:
I Saw an Ant on a Railroad Track
“Pamintuan's computer-enhanced artwork makes use of all sorts of interesting perspectives…kids will have fun with this, and so will their parents.”—Booklist
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—A wary bear peeks into 12 rooms to find a variety of Halloween characters in this reworking of "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Black cats, wicked witches, jack-o-lanterns, dancing zombies, and howling werewolves are among the things he finds until a foldout spread reveals a party attended by 12 trick-or-treaters. What raises this title above other books of this type, including Guy Vasilovich's The 13 Nights of Halloween (HarperCollins, 2011), is the "I Spy"-type format. Each picture includes all of the items mentioned previously along with the new addition, and readers are invited to search each spread to find them. Children will want to pore over the not-too-scary pictures until they find every creature mentioned in the rhyme. A fun addition to Halloween collections.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
Kirkus Reviews

Should readers tag along with an amiable bear into a haunted house? Absolutely!

Closely following the sing-along structure of "The Twelve Days of Christmas," bear narrates his journey from one place in the house to another. "Through the first haunted doorway / I peeked right in to see... / A bat hanging from a bare tree." Young ones will immediately respond to the challenge, hunting for the image(s) and counting to make sure they have found what the bear has spied. The usual Halloween characters are here: witches, black cats, skeletons, jack-o'-lanterns, ghosts and so on. Even though the illustrations do little to break new ground, Pamintuan knows his preschool and learning-to-read audience. As bear goes to each part of the house, all the creatures come with him, so readers need to sing and find them allagain and again. The cumulative repetition creates a scavenger-hunt experience that engages children and their grown-ups alike. The hunt grows more challenging as the number of spooky critters increases, and the humorously detailed scenes become busier all the way to the final gatefold. For those who do not want the fun to end, turn the last page to discover even more hidden items "throughout the haunted house."

This peek-and-find story is sure to please.(Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402799785
  • Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/27/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Edition description: NOOK ePib
  • Pages: 28
  • Sales rank: 1,068,338
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Macky Pamintuan is the illustrator of several children's books, including Twelve Hidden Days of Christmas, I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track, and I Saw an Ant in a Parking Lot, the Flat Stanley series by Jeff Brown, and the Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew series by Carolyn Keene and Alfred Zector. He lives in the Philippines. You can visit him online at

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