Friday, September 2, 2016

The Mystery of the Haunted Farm by Elys Dolan -NO

Dolan, Elys The Mystery of the Haunted Farm Nosy Crow (Candlewick), 2016. $17.99 PICTURE BOOK
This is the story of a farmer who call for some ghost hunters, who are pigs. These ghost hunters check out the entire farm but can’t find anything. (They don’t notice the ghosts, the zombie ducks, and the mummy goats). Then they make a truly horrifying discovery!
This is an oversized picture book that has a ton of cover appeal. I liked the idea of the story itself, very creative,  but it didn’t play out very well for younger readers. There are many things children wouldn’t get: ghost hunters show references, phone books, old fashioned telephones, and vocabulary like unrefined and abort. I found the word Idiot, as well, which seals the deal for me not adding it to the school library. The illustrations are sloppy and busy in a confusing way, not in a fun planned out way.

EL(K-3) –NO  Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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