Reviews for House That Drac Built


Horn Book Guide Reviews 1996
This cumulative tale borrows from the schematic structure of the popular nursery rhyme ""The House That Jack Built"" to deliver a few shivers. Readers are introduced to the bat that lived in the house that Drac built, then to the cat that bit the bat, and so on, until a knock on the door brings forth a gaggle of costumed children. The oil and pastel illustrations add a zesty dollop of suspense to a familiar story line. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 1995 September
PreS-Gr 3-A Halloween version of the familiar cumulative rhyme. Things get a little out of hand at Count Dracula's house- ``This is the mummy from days of yore/that rose from the coffin under the floor/that fell on the monster whose bloodcurdling roar/startled the fearsome manicore...'' It is only when a group of trick-or-treaters comes on the scene that all is carefully put back to rights. The darkly muted oil pastel illustrations augment the ghoulishness of the tale, with a hidden clue leading readers from one double-page spread to the next. The creatures are suitably gruesome, but because of their friendly expressions should be nonthreatening. A definite hit for holiday story programs.-Beth Irish, Orange Public Library, CA

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