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The haunted house party
Polisar, Barry Louis.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Silver Spring, MD : Rainbow Morning Music ; Chicago, Il : Distributed by Independent Publishers Group, [1995]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 27 cm
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
PIC.BK. Juvenile Current Holiday Item Childrens Area-Holiday
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday

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On Halloween night, a child's party is visited by real ghosts and goblins. Unfortunately, because everyone is in a mask and costume, no one knows who the real creatures are--until some of the real ghosts and goblins begin to show off for each other. The host and his friends ultimately learn how to deal with negative, destructive behavior and take responsibility for their situation.

Author Notes

Barry Louis Polisar is a children's recording artist. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. David Clark has illustrated several other titles by Polisar, including Don't Do That! and Peculiar Zoo .

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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3‘This newly illustrated edition of a title published in 1987 describes a Halloween party in lyrical rhyme. Uninvited animal guests get out of hand à la The Cat in the Hat, entertaining and terrifying the young host and his friends. As the events get increasingly wild and destructive, the boy asserts himself and the creatures restore the house to normal before his parents' return. The poetry goes on a bit too long, but the cartoonstyle pictures are full of scary ghosts, drunken skeletons, goblins, witches, a flame-throwing devil, and creepy crawlies. The backgrounds are dark with the figures painted in brighter colors. Careful examination reveals humorous details‘eyes peeping under a stair, an expressive doorknob, a lightbulb smoking a cigar. Children will love the grotesqueness, but they may tire of the verse.‘Martha Gordon, formerly at South Salem Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.