Ghost in the House

Ghost in the House

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Overview

Boo! Watch out for this rollicking, cumulative counting book for a Halloween treat that’s more playful than scary.

There’s a ghost in the house, In the creepy haunted house, On this dark spooky night all alone.

When a little ghost goes slip-sliding down the hallway, he suddenly hears...a groan! Turns out it’s only a friendly mummy, who shuffles along with the ghost, until they encounter...a monster! As the cautious explorers continue, they find a surprise at every turn — and add another adorably ghoulish friend to the count. But you’ll never guess who is the scariest creature in the house!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

This slip of a story offers ... entertainment for the youngest readers.
—Kirkus Reviews

Writing in peppy, evocative verse... Record’s digital cartoons playfully suggest that fear is in the eye of the beholder...
—Publishers Weekly

The simple rhyme has a bouncy rhythm that would make this book an enjoyable read-aloud for a not-so-scary storytime. This slightly spooky tale does not mention Halloween, so it can be enjoyed year-round.
—School Library Journal

The bouncy rhyme in this cumulative story is engaging, and the scariness level is just right for the very young.
—The Horn Book

In “Ghost in the House,” Paquette succeeds at catching her readers off guard at the start. ... Adam Record gives his digital illustrations in this, his first picture book, a nicely scuffed-up appearance, as if rubbed with gritty charcoal, adding the illusion of texture and depth to otherwise familiar shapes. ... Though “Ghost in the House,” like all the best counting books, is fundamentally simple in its architecture, Paquette and company mix the typical Halloween setting with a narrative that confounds expectations just enough to tickle readers’ funny bones.
—The New York Times Online

Hair-raising and hilarious, Ghost in the House is a practically foolproof way to get kids counting. Paquette’s simple yet effective rhymed verses give the little story momentumm while Adam Record’s digital illustrations have a wonderful sense of texture. ... A true treat regardless of the season, Ghost in the House is a book readers will have fun with throughout the year.
—BookPage Children's Corner

The New York Times - Sarah Harrison Smith

Adam Record gives his digital illustrations…a nicely scuffed-up appearance, as if rubbed with gritty charcoal, adding the illusion of texture and depth to otherwise familiar shapes…Though Ghost in the House, like all the best counting books, is fundamentally simple in its architecture, Paquette and company mix the typical Halloween setting with a narrative that confounds expectations just enough to tickle readers' funny bones.

Publishers Weekly

Writing in peppy, evocative verse, Paquette introduces the amiable residents of a haunted house, starting with a bloblike blue ghost, who is frightened when he hears a groan—until he learns that it belongs to a friendly, egg-headed mummy. Next, the two find an overgrown mustard-yellow monster, and “a skeleton makes four in the house,/ In the creepy haunted house,/ On this dark, spooky night, cold and bleak.” Record’s digital cartoons playfully suggest that fear is in the eye of the beholder as ghost, mummy, monster, and a witch flee in terror at the sight of a human boy in striped pajamas. Ages 3–7. Author’s agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Shannon Associates. (July)

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2—"There's a ghost in the house/In the creepy haunted house/On this dark, spooky night, all alone./And he goes slip-slide/With a swoop and a glide/Until suddenly he hears… a groan!" The next page reveals a skinny mummy with an egg-shaped head; together they prowl around the house until they find a monster. The group discovers a skeleton and then a witch. But the last creature they find is the most frightening of all: a boy! The discovery sends the five creatures running from the house in a panic as the child calls, "Good night!" At first, the ghost and his friends are worried about who they will meet around the next corner, but smile when they encounter another of their ilk. This cumulative counting story consists of full-spread, digital artwork that features nonthreatening creatures set against smudgy backgrounds that evoke the feeling of an old, abandoned house. The simple rhyme has a bouncy rhythm that would make this book an enjoyable read-aloud for a not-so-scary storytime. This slightly spooky tale does not mention Halloween, so it can be enjoyed year-round.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT

Kirkus Reviews

Counting to five and back provides the underlying structure of Paquette's innocuous ghost tale that challenges the preschool set to guess what spooky creature makes each sound. A friendly ghost in pale blue reveals himself after shouting "Boo!" At first he believes he is all alone until "he goes slip-slide / with a swoop and a glide / Until he hears… / A GROAN!" On the far right side of the facing page is a glimpse of the eyes of a figure and his bandaged hand. Astute readers will not have too much of a challenge guessing the mummy, monster, skeleton and witch from the visual hints that follow. Once the five creepy buddies are together, they get a bit of a shock when "a sudden FLASH / Makes them topple and crash, / And suddenly they hear… / ‘WHO'S THERE?' " In an amusing though not original twist, the spooks are the ones frightened away and run from the innocuous little boy: "Five, four, three, two, one…!" Record creates the benign characters digitally, and the spreads all appear to have the textured yet uncluttered look of collage. Although not particularly memorable, this slip of a story offers mild entertainment for the youngest readers. (Picture book. 2-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763698928
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 07/16/2019
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 626,072
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

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