Perfect Picture Book Friday! At the Old Haunted House by Helen Ketteman

24 Oct

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a great counting book for Halloween!

theoldhauntedAt the Old Haunted House

By Helen Ketteman

Illustrated by Nate Wragg

32 pages – ages 3+
Published by Two Lions on August 12, 2014

Theme/Topic- Halloween/Counting

Genre- Fiction

Opening and Synopsis-
Opening – “At the old haunted house
In a room with no sun
Lived a warty green witch
And her wee witchy one.”

Synopsis – (publisher’s description) There are all kinds of creatures in the house: a big Ma monster and her wee monsters two, a scrawny black cat and her wee kittens three, a green Pa goblin and his wee goblins four, and more! Count along as the creatures prepare for the Halloween Fright. The text, written in the pattern of the popular poem “Over in the Meadow,” makes reading aloud fun, while the cinematic illustrations set the scene for an unforgettable romp through the old haunted house. Trick or treat!


Why I liked this book- This is a fabulous counting book with marvelous illustrations. The rhyming’s, slightly repeating rhythm makes it sing-song in a little. I like that a lot. The illustrations are cartoony and fit the book wonderfully! Look!


They have a warm feeling to them, making it Halloweeny, but not specifically scary. I like the little details you can find in the pictures, the picture frames, with the ma monster and her two kids in them. The writing style is awesome and had me chuckling along as I read it. It was fun to pick out all the spooky creatures in the book. I think it is a great Halloween read for little kids – kind of spooky but not scary!

Activities and Resources-
On the back of the book it says there are 2 witches, 3 monsters, 4 black cats, 5 goblins etc. Use the book as a seek and find and find all the spooky creatures (up to 11 spiders!).

The All Kids Network website has a TON of cool Halloween worksheets for parents and teachers  check it out HERE.

Check out this very cute counting candy corn Halloween activity HERE.


Want to learn more? Check out Ms. Ketteman’s website HERE and Nate Wragg’s website HERE.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!

38 Responses to “Perfect Picture Book Friday! At the Old Haunted House by Helen Ketteman”

  1. Penny Parker Klostermann October 24, 2014 at 8:07 am #

    I already put it on hold. Of course, I’ll have to wait because there aren’t any copies available at present…you’d think it’s October or something 🙂 Thanks for a great review, Erik! This book sounds like one I will love!


  2. jama October 24, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    This looks like a cool book — glad to hear it’s Halloweeny, but not too scary. Love the illustrations. 🙂


  3. clarbojahn October 24, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    I haven’t been seeing many Halloween books out there so am glad you shared this. I love the illustrations. Seems like a great fun counting book.


  4. Catherine Johnson October 24, 2014 at 9:24 am #

    What a cute Halloween book Erik. I hope mine isn’t too scary you just won it 😉


  5. David Eveleigh October 24, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    Great review, Erik. This book looks wonderful. I’m finding myself smitten with that art.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 29, 2014 at 6:49 am #

      It is a very welcoming art, isn’t it? Now, what would it look like in comic form? 😉


  6. Patricia Tilton October 24, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    You have shared such a variety of books for Halloween this month! The illustrations in this one are beautiful, scarey and fun. Great pick!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 29, 2014 at 6:52 am #

      And, to be honest, the Halloweeny books are a complete coincedence (besides this one)! 😉 It’s a great book! 😀


  7. macjam47 October 24, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

    Great review!


  8. julie rowan zoch October 24, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

    Now all I want is candy corn!


  9. Joanne Roberts October 24, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    Ooo, oh! I LOVE Over in the Meadow! This looks like a fabulous book. Thank-you for your review. I couldn’t get your links to work, but here’s Nate’s blog and Helen’s site


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 29, 2014 at 6:55 am #

      Thank you so much! I don’t know why the links weren’t working on my blog, but it is fixed! Thank you! 😀


  10. Genevieve Petrillo October 24, 2014 at 4:40 pm #

    I hope Mom will play that candy corn counting game with me. And by “play” I mean I hope she’ll give me some candy corns to eat.

    Love and licks,


  11. readingwithrhythm October 24, 2014 at 5:27 pm #

    I hope that house doesn’t have a basement. I hear that basements have spooky things in them.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 29, 2014 at 7:01 am #

      Well, it IS a haunted house – I bet they don’t NEED a basement to be spooky! 😉


  12. Joanna October 24, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    I love unsavory monsters!!


  13. Jarm Del Boccio October 24, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

    Now that’s what I call a fun Halloween book! BTW, my husband’s favorite treat is candy corn. ;-}


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 29, 2014 at 7:10 am #

      It’s a marvelous book! You can get it, read it to your husband, and then play the counting game with him! 😉


  14. relationspdbeverly October 25, 2014 at 7:39 am #

    Very cute. And those kids are brave in the illustration, to actually walk up to the door of that haunted house! Great review, Erik!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 29, 2014 at 7:13 am #

      Thank you! It’s a great book! 😀 There is a marvelous twist at the end! 😀


  15. writersideup October 25, 2014 at 8:21 am #

    Erik, I’m not too much into ghost stories (though I still intend to read THE GRAVEYARD BOOK!), but I DO love this cover AND candy corn 😀 hehehe


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 29, 2014 at 7:15 am #

      This is a cute Halloween book that young kids (and older kids! 😉 ) will love! And, The Graveyard Book is AWESOME! 😀


  16. patientdreamer October 26, 2014 at 6:26 am #

    I usually don’t like scary books, but the illustrations in this one look really beautiful. Great choice for this time of year.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 29, 2014 at 7:16 am #

      It is a great book, that isn’t really scary at all – everyone is smiling (besides the cats) I think. 🙂


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