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With a little help from Grannie, Kaz and Claire discover that what appeared to be something spooky has a much simpler explanation.
My Review of The Haunted Library: The Ghost in the Attic
The Haunted Library: The Ghost in the Attic is one of those books aimed right at the level where kids are transitioning into chapter books. The authors have to tread a fine line of making the story interesting to young children, but keeping it very short and simple at the same time. Its definitely got to be difficult to do.
Unfortunately, I don’t think Butler succeeds in this book. It just wasn’t very interesting for myself or the six year old. We both had to push to finish it. It had some interesting parts, and she really enjoyed looking at the illustrations, but the actual story itself just did not catch our attention. For a story that had the potential to be interesting, it was just never exciting enough and seemed to drag on a bit.
It might be a better bed-time read for kids who are interested in being a detective, or really into ghosts. It is well-written (although there was one error that managed to slip past the editor that rather surprised me), the illustrations are very wholesome and calmly colored.
We did like that there was not only a happy ending in this book, but also the fact that the resolution to the ghost in the attic problem shows that everyday things can sometimes be the cause of those spooky noises you hear.
Title: The Ghost in the Attic | Series: The Haunted Library | Author: Dorie H. Butler | Illustrator: Aurore Damant | Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (site) | Pub. Date: 2014-8-14 | Pages: 128 | Genre: Children’s Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Date Read: 2016-1-29 | Source: Library | Available on Kindle Unlimited? No.