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One summer, while exploring the town during their annual stay at Grandma’s house, two siblings and their cousin come across a creepy old house. The kids poke around, one of them causing mischief and tossing rocks at the window, until they glimpse a ghost through the glass! Later, Grandma reveals the house doesn’t belong to a ghost―just old Mr. Peterson.

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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Owlkids
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Mel (Epic Reading)
There are lots of things to like about Kari Rust's second children's book. As both author and illustrator she has a unique opportunity to control all aspects of the story. However Rust doesn't do this as effectively as I would have liked her to.
The cover and blurb imply this is a scary story, and it is, sort of. I know five year old children who would be sooo disappointed that there are only two pages of 'ghosts' and the rest is just about (albeit cool) old stuff. I would have liked the suspens
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La Coccinelle
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: children, arc
This book is sort of a picture-book/graphic-novel hybrid. It tells the story of three cousins who discover what they think is a haunted house. But it turns out that the place is inhabited by Mr. Peterson, who's collected all kinds of cool stuff over the years. The children spend lots of time there, until one day they turn up to find Mr. Peterson gone. So they make some mementos for him and ask their grandmother to deliver them.

I don't really have a problem with the story, but the synopsis makes
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Carla Johnson-Hicks
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this with my grandson a little while ago and we enjoyed it. We thought it was going to be a scary halloween story, but we were wrong. Three cousins decide to investigate the creepy house at the end of the road near their grandparents. After throwing rocks at the windows, they see a ghost and hurry home to tell grandma about the haunted house. Well, it turns out that it is not haunted at all, but inhabited by an older gentleman named Mr. Peterson. The children become regular visitors to Mr ...more
Jana
Sometimes it's kind of scary to reach out and befriend people that are different than you, especially when that person is from a different age group. I like that the kids in this story discover that there's more to Mr. Peterson than a ghostly figure staring out a window. The story starts off with three cousins staying at their grandmother's house for the summer. When they check out what they think is an abandoned house in the neighborhood, they think that there's a ghost. When they go back the n ...more
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Hmm, not the spooky story it set itself up to be, which was disappointing, although the content was cool otherwise, these kids finding out the spooky old house has a nice older man living there with lots of cool junk and a garden.
Michele Knott
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have seen people post about this book but I had trouble finding it and then I kind of just forgot about it. So glad I finally read it because I really loved the story. Three cousins find an old house they are pretty sure is haunted. But what may look old and scary can be deceiving, as they find out. Their grandmother introduces them to the inhabitant, old Mr. Peterson, and they learn to not always judge a book by its cover!
Jessica Lopez
Nov 03, 2020 rated it liked it
The book has a nice story line. I enjoyed that it's a picture book but with graphic novel-like elements like panels and speech bubbles. ...more
Shaye Miller
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
This is a delightful picture book that is in graphic-novel style in some page spreads. Told from the perspective of a young girl, she explains what happened when she, her brother Patrick, and their cousin Robert visited their Grandma’s house one summer. The three cousins went on a bike ride and wound up at what appeared to be an old abandoned house. But after snooping around a bit, they saw a GHOST! Ahhhhh! They run back home to their grandmother only to discover it wasn’t a ghost, but one of Gr ...more
Linda
A brother and his sister visit their grandmother every summer, joining a cousin Robert who is there a lot. He is portrayed as the one who doesn't quite think before he acts and when they are out riding the old bikes at Grandmother's house, they come across an old house. Thinking it abandoned, Robert throws a rock and breaks a window when an old man appears at that window. They think "ghost!" and race away. Robert leaves his bike. What happens then is the meeting of old Mr. Peterson whose house ...more
Cat
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Nice little story for 2nd grade and younger. Good lesson on not judging homes and people for kids. I like that the kids grandma goes back with the kids to apologize for the broken window. The elderly man who lives in the house is very generous to the children, giving them gifts before they leave. The children thoughtfully make him a nice package of his home as he has been sent to an assisted living facility before they go back home. Illustrations were nice!
I received a Kindle arc from Netgalley
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Ashley Kohls
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: elementary-books
A well written and nicely illustrated book about children who find what appears to be an abandoned house. They assume it has a ghost living in it, but their grandmother tells them a lonely old man. They build a special relationship until one day they find he isn’t home. I love the interaction between generations!
Natalie (Natflix&Books)
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was convinced that my new next neighbor (we were the new ones) was a witch when I was little. It was a little disappointing that she wasn't. This book is similar. Old man is just old. Illustrations are fantastic. The story is meaningful with deeper layers a parent/guardian could choose to talk about or not (why is the cousin often with the grandma, for example). ...more
Stacy
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I thought this book would be scarier, but it was mainly about children developing a friendship with an elderly man (Mr. Peterson) only to have the man's home taken from him and forced into a retirement home by "The Man" (aka the Health Department.) I did enjoy the Fiesta Disc Pitcher and Formica table in Grandma's kitchen. ...more
Ann Haefele
Mar 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Three children staying with their grandmother discover that her neighbor is not as scary as he seems. Good intergenerational friendship story, but ending seemed abrupt. Teachers could use this to have kids write to continue the story.
Renee
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Touching and sweet children's book about inter generational friendship. Really been impressed with a lot of Canadian authors/illustrators recently. Eager to read Kari Rust's debut picture book Tricky ...more
Marisa
Feb 28, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A heartwarming story with really cool artwork. I couldn’t pinpoint the medium the illustrator used - turns out it was all digitally hand drawn, which looks just unique enough to be different, but in a good way.
Calvin Silva
Mar 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a good book to explain that even old things can hold treasure or something valuable to someone and not everything lasts, things get old and worn and no longer work or are safe. But a memory can suffice in its place.
Michelle
Jun 04, 2020 rated it liked it
A nice tale of morals, making things right and inter-generational friendship. I'm definitely keeping this author on my radar. ...more
Margaret
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cute book! I loved all of the little details in the illustrations. ( See if you can find something in the attic that is in most attics!)
Ms. Jameson
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Tender and moving--connecting kids to elderly and learning from eachother.
Jessica
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Illustrations pushed it from a 3 star book to a 4 star. Great cover, sweet story.
Cheriee Weichel
Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. It was published September 17, 2019, by Owl Kids. Check out my blog at https://dickenslibrary.blogspot.com/2... to view the images missing here.

A young girl and her brother, Patrick, come to stay with their grandmother for the summer. Robert, their cousin, is there already. Right from the start, it was Robert who most fascinated me. He still does. There’s just something about him that tells you he’s a unique character who is
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Michelle (FabBookReviews)
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it

Author and illustrator Kari Rust, who debuted on the picture book scene with the clever and surprising Tricky, returns with the touching The House at the End of the Road. Rust's sophomore title is an intriguing mix of real world actuality and gentle nostalgia. A picture book with graphic novel components, The House at the End of the Road tells the story of three young cousins whose detour to a seemingly abandoned and possibly haunted house changes the course of a summer. While staying with their
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Sharon Tyler
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
The House at the End of the Road by Kari Rust is a picturebook currently scheduled for release on September 17 2019. One summer, while exploring the town during their annual stay at Grandma’s house, two siblings and their cousin come across a creepy old house. The kids poke around, one of them causing mischief and tossing rocks at the window, until they glimpse a ghost through the glass! Later, Grandma reveals the house doesn’t belong to a ghost—just old Mr. Peterson. After visiting again with b ...more
Miss Sarah
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
A moving story of three kids breaking a window in an older man's house and then discovering the treasures the old man has to offer them through friendship. So sweet but sad. Elementary and up ...more
Stephanie
Reminded me of Zen Ties by Muth.
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Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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One summer, while exploring the town during their annual stay at Grandma’s house, two siblings and their cousin come across a creepy old house. The kids poke around, one of them causing mischief and tossing rocks at the window, until they glimpse a ghost through the glass! Later, Grandma reveals the house doesn’t belong to a ghost―just old Mr. Peterson.

After visiting again with better intentions, the kids discover Mr. Peterson’s great sense of humor and that his house is full of fas
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Becky B
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Three cousins staying with their grandmother for the summer think a nearby house is spooky. Their grandmother corrects them, and introduces them to the owner, her old school teacher, Mr. Peterson. When he gets sick and his old house is condemned, the kids decide to find a way to preserve the memories of the old house for Mr. Peterson.

I love a good intergenerational story. This one not only tackles the assumptions about an old rundown house (by the way, I love the way Mr. Peterson plays on their
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Angie
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books, family
Three cousins are visiting grandma for the summer. They find an old house at the end of the road and see what they think is a ghost. Turns out to be Mr. Peterson. They become regular visitors to Mr. Peterson's house over the summer and truly enjoy his treasures and his company. Then Mr. Peterson is forced to move to a retirement community and all of his stuff is gone. The kids create mementos for him.

I really enjoyed this story and the message about intergenerational friendships. Kids can learn
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Tomas
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a cute a quick read. Literally 10 mins Max. The graphics are great.

The story follows a group a young kids on summer vacation staying with their grandmother, who come across this old house in the woods, which they think is abandoned, but to their surprise isn't. The house belongs to the grandmother's old teacher. Long story short the kids get close to the old man visiting him all summer until one he's gone, put into a retirement home because his home is not safe and being condemned.

Two
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Before she started making picture books, Kari worked in the animation industry as an animator, storyboard artist, layout artist and designer. She has also taught drawing and animation in colleges, and to children at art centres. Kari met her husband, Jeff, when they were both studying animation at Emily Carr. Now they have two kids and live in rainy Vancouver, Canada. In addition to illustrating a ...more

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