Welcome to another Write a Review Wednesday, a meme started by Tara Lazar as a way to show support to authors of kids literature. Last week we reviewed World School Day Adventure. This week we’re getting into the Halloween spirit with Scholastic’s The Haunted House that Jack Built (age 3-8), written by Helaine Becker and illustrated by David Parkins. I have to thank Nikole at Scholastic Canada for my review copy.
Jack invites some friends over: a ghost, a ghoul, a mummy, a beast to name a few. They chased and scared and rattled and prowled throughout Jack’s house one Halloween night. Then a monster popped some corn and a whole new side of the Halloween creatures was revealed.
Based on the familiar children’s nursery rhyme, Helaine adds a fun Halloween twist in her book The Haunted House that Jack Built. I’ll be honest, I’m a big fan of holiday books; we have a whole shelf devoted just to them. My kids love them too and nothing gets you into the Halloween spirit more than a fun ghost and ghouly book.
Although we’re talking about monsters and things that go bump in the night, the creatures illustrated in The Haunted House that Jack Built are all fun in nature, nothing to scary. Like the original rhyme, kids will quickly catch on to the repetitive nature of the story and enjoy reading along. And the surprise at the end will delight everyone.
If you want to add The Haunted House that Jack Built to your personal library, visit your local bookstore. For other great books for kids, read through some of the previous Write a Review Wednesday posts.