Sima, Jessie

Hardly Haunted

(2) PS An empty old house, full of cobwebs and dust, worries she might be haunted. Concerned about scaring off potential inhabitants, she tries not to "CREEEAAAK!" or "SQUEEEAAAK!" Despite her best efforts, she can't control the wind, whose gusts cause more commotion: "SCRATCH! SCRATCH! SCRATCH!" Ultimately, this helps the house realize that "she liked being noisy. Maybe she liked being haunted." Now all she needs is a "family who will help this haunted house become a haunted home." Cue the ethereal ­foursome glowing against the night sky as they climb the hill with their luggage. Sima's text is more sweet than spooky, complemented by the digital illustrations' cool palette of purples, blues, and greens. Various sounds to read aloud and visual details to pore over (the anthropomorphic house's expressions, the ever-present black cat) will surely lead to repeat ­readings.


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