Friday, October 30, 2015

The House that Drac Built by Will Hillenbrand

Summary: One by one, a bat, a cat, a werewolf, a monster, a mummy, a zombie, and other frightful creatures emerge in the dark house. They chase, wrestle, and roar--until the doorbell rings and in walks a group of fearless trick-or-treaters who know exactly what to do.

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Review: A great book for emerging readers, this book is build like There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly or The Twelve Days of Christmas, where the events build upon each other and are repeated on every page. My daughter discovered this book in preschool at age 4 and had it memorized. We borrowed it from her teachers enough that I went ahead and bought our own copy. It introduced her to words like "manticore" and "fiend."

A cat bites a bat and that starts a chain reaction in the haunted house, disturbing all the creatures withing. The mummy comes unwrapped. The werewolf gets out of its cage. The beasts start roaring. And in the end, a group of trick-or-treaters right all the wrongs, down to putting a bandage on the bat's wing.

Cute story. Fun rhyming patterns. We enjoy this book.

Rating: 5 stars. Definitely one of my favorite children's books.

For the sensitive reader. If you're not a fan of the witches-and-vampires side of Halloween, you may not love this book for children. 

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