This is the House That Monsters Built

This is the House That Monsters Built
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June 28, 2016
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"This is the skeleton who nailed down the floor,
That upset the werewolf who put in a door,
That stopped the spider who started to crawl,
That shocked the mummy who raised the wall,
Inside the house that monsters built."

This Is the House That Monsters Built uses the building verse characteristic of the original nursery rhyme "This Is the House That Jack Built." A vampire, a ghost, a zombie, a mummy, and more all contribute to the spooky fun in the house that monsters built.

Young children will love the zany artwork featuring all the different monsters from bestselling illustrator Jared Lee!

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Spooky twist on a classic whyme
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Giving the traditional nursery rhyme The House That Jack Built a nice Halloween twist, author Steve Metzger manages to work in a litany of scary monsters that are aptly illustrated with the wonderfully spooky Jared Lee pictures. While there's nothing terribly new (there is a formula that must be followed, after all), the examples of monsters and their activities flow smoothly, and verse scans quite well and has good, if predictable, end rhymes.
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My favorite illustration is a two page spread near the end that introduces trick or treaters as the reason the vampire is scared, and why the rest of the monsters are upset. While the rabbit is a bit creepy looking, the other masks that the children wear are rather pleasant, but this is terrifying to the vampire. Children love this kind of juxtaposition, and there are a lot of visual jokes that are included in the busy illustrations. I can see children having a lot of fun finding all of these jokes.

Lee does the illustration for the "From the Black Lagoon" series, and his drawings are creepy in dark in a way that will send a chill of recognition through a kindergarten student without being truly scary.

There are a lot of good books to read for Halloween, from Robert Bright's Georgie the Ghost (1944) to Thayer's Gus Was a Friendly Ghost (1962) Schwartz's In a Dark, Dark Room (1985). There are also Halloween versions of every picture book series from Froggy to The Berenstain Bears, so there is always a need for more titles to read for the best kid's holiday of the year.
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