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She Wanted to Be Haunted

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  197 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 7th 2020 by Bloomsbury Children's Books
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Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fall, childrens
Uh, what was the point to this?

It started out cute but the ending was weird and I don't think it has a good message at the end.
Jul 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book...and we’re all a little haunted right now...✨
Roxana Rathbun
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
HILARIOUS! I loved this book. I loved that it was an "ordinary" character dreaming to be unordinary while still learning to love herself. ...more
Alison N
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Yet more proof that spooky can come in many shapes and colours, this story, with a delightful rhyme and lovely illustrations, makes for a great read whether you’re haunted or pink... or maybe both.
Raven Black
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was expecting this to go one of two ways. It went a third. This is for the kid (be it in age or in spirit) that is not exactly "like the others"

LOVE the ending
Alicia Evans
For: fans of spooky things; readers wanting a book about learning to be yourself.

Possible red flags: scary imagery and mentions of "red stains on the walls" of the vampire's house.
Benjamin Elliott
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have so many questions about the parentage system of structures. That aside, this was a lot of fun.
Ms Threlkeld
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Cute idea and I liked the ending, but some of the rhymes felt clunky and a lot of the words were way beyond my kiddo.
Melanie Gaum
Oct 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Very cute art and I liked the rhymes, but the ending was strange.
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hallowen
Clever rhyming text makes this a fun read aloud. Kids who enjoy a little twisted humor will likely find this hilarious. True unicorn enthusiasts may not.
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrensbooks
We loved this book! It’s one of those books you actually enjoy reading as a parent. The rhyming is fun, the illustrations are beautiful and interesting and the end had my 4 and 7 year old cracking up. Great for boys and girls and with a message that’s unique and fun. Great Halloween themed book for year round! Honestly a themed birthday would be awesome using this book! 🏚🏰🦄
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an electronic copy from Bloomsbury Children's Books.
Clarissa the pretty pink house wants to be haunted like her dad, the creepy castle and her mom, the witch's hut. She tries everything she can think of to no longer be considered cute. Just when she gives up and welcomes the animals to move in, she meets a nasty unicorn. So, she gets her wish and gets a reputation based on how mean the unicorn is to others.
Full color illustrations pull readers in so they're part of the action.
A fun r
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is SO ADORABLE! The illustrations are colorful and witty (with some familiar characters, if you're a fan of Susie's artwork) and the story has a fun twist I won't give away. I'm giving a copy to my niece and nephew (6 and 8) because I can see them both enjoying it and laughing at the clever jokes. It's sure to be a hit! ...more
Lisa D
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Cute Halloween book!
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
wonderfully fun poetic book!
Villain E
Oct 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Are you (or your child, I suppose) someone who hates anything cute and pink just because it's cute and pink? If so, then you are the target audience for this book.

An anthropomorhized cute little pink cottage hates the fact that she's cute and pink. Her father is a dark, ominous castle and her mother is a witch's hut, and the cottage wishes she was more like them. So she tries to make herself unpleasant and scary. Leading to a WTF ending involving a not-so-cute unicorn.

I learned that houses mati
Allison Greg
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Clarissa was a cute little pink cottage. Her father was a castle with vampires and her mother was a witches' hut. Clarissa wanted to be haunted to have ghosts living in her home. Unfortunately she was just so cute and attracted all things cute. Her parents try to convince her that it's ok to be yourself but she wouldn't listen. In the end she finds out just exactly what she should be.

It's a really cute book. I loved the illustrations, so bright and fun with lots of detail. I can't wait to read t
Molly Cluff (Library!)
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: halloween
This was an imaginative picture book about a cottage that wanted to be a haunted house. The illustrations were full of color and I can see them being appealing to kiddos. All of the text is rhyming, which was lovely, it's a bit too texty for my preschool storytime groups. Also the ending was a surprise, if not a strange message (she befriends a bully of a unicorn so she can be cute and scary all at the same time). I like a creative concept, though! ...more
Sep 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
The pictures are lovely and the rhyming is well done. But I have been struggling lately with new books and how they approach giving children life lessons in a too-blatant way. It's nice just to have a good story without the moral demanding you to look at it. I felt that this one demanded a little too much. ...more
Clarissa the Cottage is pink and adorable and cute and bored. She wants to a haunted house, and tries everything she could think of to become a haunted house. But try as she might, it just wasn't in her planks to be haunted. But something magical happened, and Clarissa was never bored again. ...more
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great rhyming book about just being yourself. I tend to get annoyed with books that push a moral on you as opposed to just letting you figure it out, but this one didn't seem too over the top.

Now I want more holiday things.
Jo Oehrlein
Nov 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Cute rhyming picture book about a very cute pink cottage who wants to be more like her parents (a haunted castle and a witch's cottage). She finally decides to just be herself. At that point, she attracts a very cute and very vicious unicorn and couldn't be more happy.
Aug 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Cute, original premise. I thought the text was too long and I didn't really like the ending, but I'm sure many other people will find this hilarious. ...more
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I immensely enjoyed the author's witty spin with verse in this story! Beautiful illustrations accompany this tale with an ending you may not expect! ...more
Oct 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Quirky and cute, and the ending made me laugh out loud.
Oct 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I’m not sure how I feel about this book. It was riding along at about a 4 for me, but the ending brought a perplexing mixed message, and felt more like a 2. So I’ll go with a 3.
Tracy Mabry
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kiddos
Beautiful, adorable, hilarious, and unique! Great rhymes to boot!
Oct 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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Nov 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing story for spooky season! Great rhyme and rhythm, and a shockingly great story about accepting who you are and being yourself
S.R. Brown
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
A cute, very funny read!
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Marcus Ewert's first book 10,000 Dresses, illustrated by Rex Ray, was published by Seven Stories Press in September 2008. He is the co-creator of the animated series "Piki & Poko: Adventures in StarLand" and is currently writing "Mummy Cat", another children's book, coming out from Clarion Book in July 2015. He lives in San Francisco. ...more

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