DIRK BONES AND THE MYSTERY OF THE HAUNTED HOUSE by Doug Cushman

DIRK BONES AND THE MYSTERY OF THE HAUNTED HOUSE

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Age Range: 6 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The creator of Aunt Eater and Inspector Hopper opens a new easy-reader series featuring an even less conventional sleuth. Two specters haunting a house in the aptly named town of Ghostly are frightened by mysterious, un-ghostly clackings and clickings. Enter Dirk Bones, skeletal investigative journalist for the Ghostly Tombs. Properly outfitted in trench coat and green fedora, Bones sets out into a stormy night on a successful investigation that takes him from creepy basement to spooky graveyard, and includes encounters with a terrified werewolf, a vampire Emeril wannabe and other typical town residents—all easily recognizable but decidedly non-menacing figures in the cartoon illustrations. A burbling cauldron of “bat foot stew with crispy worm brains” is but one of the shivery delights that await emergent readers in this not-too-creepy caper. Stay tuned for sequels. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-06-073764-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2006




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