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Alyssa Satin Capucilli
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Inside a House That Is Haunted

3.99  ·  Rating Details  ·  196 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
The author/illustrator team of Inside a Barn in the Country uses picture clues to tell this funny story about a spider, a cat, a bat, and many other "creatures" inside a spooky house.
Unknown Binding, 22 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Scholastic Inc.
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Audrie Estrada
Personal reaction:
This would be a wonderful book to read around halloween time because its very silly and gears kids towards a happier halloween rather than a scarier one. the illustrations are also cartoonish so it makes it a more enjoyable for the kids. I like this because it is a fun and easy read for kids.
I would read this to 1st and 2nd graders around halloween time. I would use it as a lesson on halloween to give them a bit of a chuckle. It puts their worries about ghosts out of t
Nov 03, 2012 Charlotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlotte really liked this one - some of the words are tiny pictures. The book calls this "rebus" but I am not sure that's 100% accurate. Doesn't a rebus show a picture as part of a word? Or the sound of a word? Either way, Charlotte liked it a lot, and when I read her the back of the book (her new thing, I must read every single printed word on the front and back covers) and said "rebus" she put together the word-pictures in the book with the character of Danny Rebus from Electric Company on P ...more
Katie Nanney
This book was very much like There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. It kept building on itself. It was all about ghosts, monsters, and Halloween. The person who gave me the book said that it would make a good read-aloud for Halloween in Kindergarten. I agree with her. It's a predictable story and very simple. I can see it being used for Halloween, but not any other time of the year, unless the kids really like it, then I'd keep it on the shelf for them to look at.
This would be a good book to read in October and can be used to talk about poetry. This is also a great book to help students read because there are pictures in place of some words.
Oct 27, 2015 Terralyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sir-scott
This was my daughter's favorite many years ago, and now I'm reading it to my grandson. We love this book!
Oct 20, 2014 Ransom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ransom loves it when I read this one fast and he points to all the little icons.
Oct 21, 2015 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Very cute! Reminds me of "This is the House that Jack Built".
Oct 29, 2014 Miri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Told in the style of "There was an old lady"
Oct 06, 2015 Memito rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cumulative rhyme in which the spider, ghost, cat, and other inhabitants of a haunted house wake up and startle each other.
Oct 11, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my students favorites.
Rosa Cline
Oct 22, 2015 Rosa Cline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, halloween
This is a very cute level 2 reader. The words are similar to "the old lady who swallowed a fly" so you could kind of sing it if you wanted to. The lines are repetitive but not so much that it's boring to read. The haunted house although has ghosts, spiders, and monsters isn't scary for little listeners and at the end is actually 'scared' by a trick or treater! Cute little book to read at Halloween or any time of year! My 2 year old granddaughter and I enjoyed reading this and the illustrations a ...more
Amber W
Oct 12, 2015 Amber W rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. :)
Hannah Starnes
This is a cute book to use around Halloween and can be used to talk about poetry. You can also use this to introduce a new type of book called Rebus, where there are pictures in the sentence instead of words.
Ivano Parravano
This is a rebus-rhyme poetry book. The words and phrases are catchy and easy to remember. The illustrations are colorful and each page adds on to the previous. This book is suitable for primary grades and older. I chose this book because it was a little different that other poetry books I have seen. I liked how some pictures replaced words in order for young readers to read along.
Jul 23, 2014 Tam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a Level 2 Scholastic Reader meaning it has new vocabulary and longer sentences for a developed reader.

The story is similar to "The House That Jack Built". It takes one thing and adds another. Then repeats both things and adds another. My 5-year-old liked it but didn't love it.
Oct 18, 2007 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My youngest loves this book. He can actually read along with me, because it repeats the entire story, just adds a new line each page, and shows you a picture in place of some words.... he enjoys this book! And its got a little twist at the end that always makes him laugh.
Oct 25, 2011 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junebug-s-books
Junebug "R.E.A.D." with this to wondrous approval from her kids, especially now that it's Halloween time. The building of the story (repetition), engaging imagery (pretty pictures), and surprise ending were perfect for capturing the interest of young readers.
Brendan Howard
Good, fun book. My only complaint is a small one, that the trope of "the monsters are scared of PEOPLE" is really cliche now and I'd be happy seeing better endings, even to small children's books.
Ann Moody
Sep 23, 2012 Ann Moody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one is a real cute charmer. From Tedd Arnold's adorable, wide-eyed, not-scary monster illustrations, to Capucilli's brilliant rhythmic rhyme, it's pure engaging fun for early readers.
Jan 04, 2013 Nicki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
This book is adorable! Something fun beginning readers can start to read for themselves, and that is so fun mom and dad will enjoy it too. And, I've always loved Ted Arnold's illustrations.
Diana Pettis
Here is the hand that knocked on the door and startled the spider that dropped to the floor.

Guided Reading Level: J
Word Count 472 words
Grade Level: 1-2

Theme: Halloween
A funny Halloween repetition book that has the talented Ted Arnold's artwork highlighting the goofy humor of the haunted creatures of a creepy, silly home. For ages four and up.
This is such a fun rebus book. Be sure that you have a lot of breath, as the reader, to finish the end of the book.

Illustrations are by Tedd Arnold (Huggly books).
Jan 22, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book! I'm 15 and sometimes I'll randomly start reciting the rythme line for line. It's such a cute story.
Oct 01, 2012 Yulia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Another one of my kids' favorite! I love the story and the pictures, and my kids love reading it "all by themselves"
A new purchase for the Halloween season. Not as popular as our many skeleton-related choices.
This book is a very repetitive book. It would be a great book for a beginner.
Jan 19, 2014 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book to add to your family's Halloween storybook collection!
Jennifer Kelley
Oct 03, 2012 Jennifer Kelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love the rebus in this story--great to get the kids involved.
Oct 29, 2013 Shai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lot like the old lady who swallowed a fly. Very fun read.
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Alyssa Satin Capucilli was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1957. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, and pursued her interest in dance, becoming a professional dancer and dance instructor. Though Capucilli had written stories, poems, and even puppet shows as a child, she didn't consider a career as a writer until after her own two children were born. To this day she sees herself as both a da ...more
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