Kids Book Review: The Haunted House that Jack Built

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kids_book_review_haunted_house_jack_builtThe Haunted House that Jack Built
Scholastic Canada
Age 3-5. 5-8
32 pages
written by Helaine Becker, Illustrations by David Parkins

Synopsis from Scholastic Canada:


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!



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.

You can add The Haunted House that Jack Built to your personal library by visiting your local book store or visiting Scholastic Canada. Visit our Kid’s Books section for other great book recommendations. What are you reading with your kids?

I have to thank Nikole at Scholastic’s Canada for my review copy.

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