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Title:
Tuck's haunted house
Author:
Weston, Martha.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Clarion Books, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
32 pages : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Summary:
Tuck, a little pig, doesn't want his younger sister, Bunny, to mess up the haunted house he's building in their garage, but he doesn't realize that her help could lead to a really good scare.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.4 0.5 65675.
ISBN:
9780618159666
Format :
Book

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Tuck is making a Haunted House for Halloween, and he wants it to be perfect. It's going to be full of scary stuff: a mummy, Ghouls' Eyeballs, a Tunnel of Doom, an Icky, Drippy Forest . . . and a bratty little sister? No way! This is Tuck's Haunted House, and Bunny, his sister, is too little to be scary. Or is she?
The endearing star of Tuck in the Pool returns in a spirited Halloween story about two engaging piglets whose Halloween turns out to be even scarier--and even better--than they had planned.


Author Notes

Martha Weston was born in North Carolina in 1947 and grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan and after graduation, moved to San Francisco. Once there, she earned a living by doing freelance work on paste ups, animation ink and paint and illustration.

The first book Weston illustrated was I Hate Mathematics in 1975. The first book she wrote and illustrated was Peony's Rainbow which was published in 1981. Since then, Weston has illustrated the Nate the Great Series of stories from Delacorte Press, as well as the Curious George Series for Houghton Mifflin. Over the course of her career, Weston has illustrated over 60 books for children, 11 of which she also wrote. In may of 2003 she published her first children's novel, Act I, Act II, Act Normal.

One of the things that made Weston so unique among illustrators was that she was colorblind. She managed to work around that by carefully labeling her paints and having her colleagues check her work.

Martha West died September 4, 2003 of heart disease. She was 56 years old.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2. Like Tuck in the Pool (1995), this lively picture book about Tuck the pig and his pesky little sister, Bunny, gets the sibling relationship just right: the irritation, the power play, and the affection. This time it's Halloween, and Tuck is preparing a Haunted House in the garage to scare the bejeebers out of all his friends. Unfortunately, his little sister is into everything and messes up his creations, from the Ghouls' Eyeballs to the Cauldron of Worms. Finally Tuck gets her out of the way, but when his friends arrive and enter the haunted place, there's a loud, wailing noise and a staggering creature terrifies everybody--including Tuck. Both the spooky words and the uproarious watercolor-and-pencil pictures capture the scary farce of the horrible holiday. Young readers will enjoy the unwitting triumph of the quiet little monster sister. And they will pick up some great ideas about how to give their own friends the shivers. --Hazel Rochman


Publisher's Weekly Review

Several volumes allow kids to spend the howl-iday with familiar friends. The porcine siblings from Tuck in the Pool make an encore appearance in Tuck's Haunted House by Martha Weston. Tuck tries to banish his sister from his Halloween lair, but her presence adds a spine-tinglingly perfect finishing touch. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-With her deft touch for capturing realistic sibling relationships, Weston delivers another fun tale of the piggy brother and younger sister from Tuck in the Pool (Clarion, 1995). Older and wiser, Tuck is focused on creating his first-ever haunted house in the family garage. Tagalong Bunny is determined to help him, making unwelcome suggestions and doing her best to get in the way. True to his role as big brother, the piglet refuses her help, claiming "-you're too little. You'll just mess things up." Ignoring her antics as best he can, he continues to work, creating a cauldron of worms (cold spaghetti), a toilet-paper mummy, ghoul's eyeballs (peeled grapes), and an icky, drippy forest. "Don't touch it.- You're wrecking it," Tuck complains as Bunny wiggles through his Tunnel of Doom. When his guests arrive, they receive an unexpected fright from the wailing Evil Monster Baby. An attentive audience will guess at the mysterious creature's identity, enjoying the comedy along with the mild thrills and chills. Weston's watercolor-and-pencil illustrations animate the siblings' rivalry and affection for one another, and skillfully depict the haunted-house fun as costumed, wide-eyed pigs flee from the frightening sound. This engaging story will introduce a young audience to non-trick-or-treating Halloween fun.-Piper L. Nyman, Fairfield/Suisun Community Library, Fairfield, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.