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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Mom and Me Mondays: The Haunted House That Jack Built by Helaine Becker REPOST for HALLOWEEn

The Haunted House That Jack Built
by Helaine Becker
Illustrations by David Parkins
Scholastic Canada
ISBN 978-0-545-98539-0
32 Pages
Suggested Ages: 3-8 (But Marlene working beside me loves it too and she's older than 8)

Description: Jack has assembled a creepy cast of characters in his haunted house. As they chase each other around the dark halls, we meet a mummy, a ghost, a monster or two, and many more creatures that are sure to delight young readers. More fun than scary, this spooky twist on the classic rhyme is the perfect read-aloud — even if you are a scaredy-cat!

This is the mummy,
That chased the ghoul,
That scared the ghost,
That sampled the stew
That cooled in the house that Jack built.

Jake's Review: Cool its by Helaine Becker, I like her books. It is a fun story with lots of really funny pictures. It is easy to read and I think it would be a better story for younger boys like my midget brother. The guy who did the pictures has a great imagination and the pictures are fun not scary.  This book reminded me that Halloween is coming up and I haven't thought of a costume yet (Mom, I am NOT going as Dr Horrible -- none of the other kids will get it) I really liked the little rhyme at the end of the book, it made me laugh. I think it is too young for kids my age, but definitely good for young kids.
Jake's Rating: 8.5/10

Mom's Review: O.K. I will admit it I am prejudiced on this one, I adore Helaine Becker and I LOVE Halloween, so you know it's probably going to get a good rating just based on those facts.  But it really is a lovely book. The illustrations are absolutely adorable, and nice and bright and colourful. My little one, who has no interest in books thank you very much, actually let me read this one to him (Sorry Helaine, he could have cared less about the words, it was all about the pictures in this one). I loved the rhyme and the injection of a few big new words for the little ones to learn.  We had a fun conversation on the use of the word Forlorn in the book. Hubby and Jake thought the author should have used a different word, since it was an old fashioned term. I only objected to the word, because the illustration didn't jive with the illustration of the forlorn faerie -- I know - picky picky, but I am a Librarian after all!  This would be a great book to read to the little ones in the 3- 5 age at Halloween, and a great story for the 5 1/2 - 8 yr old to read by themselves. A great addition to any
Mom's Rating: 9/10
(And Yes I do know its Tuesday, NOT Monday -- but I'm a Mom and things got way too hectic last night and didn't have time to post -- OK, OK, Chuck and Castle were on)

I received this book from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review

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