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Table of Contents
About The Book
House has a problem.
She’s a little spooky. She’s a little cobwebby. Oh, no! What if she’s haunted?
She’s not sure, but…her hinges creak. Her pipes bang. And on windy days, the branches scritch-scratch at her windows. She tries to hold her breath and be as still as possible. If she’s on her best behavior, maybe a family will move in.
How will House ever find a family that doesn’t mind being haunted?
About The Illustrator
Jessie Sima is an author/illustrator living and working in New York City. They grew up in a small town in southern New Jersey, unaware that they were a storyteller. Once they figured it out, they told their family and friends, who took it quite well. They are the author of Not Quite Narwhal; Harriet Gets Carried Away; Love, Z; Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies; Spencer’s New Pet; Jules vs. the Ocean; Hardly Haunted; and Weather Together. You can visit them at JessieSima.com.
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (July 20, 2021)
- Length: 48 pages
- ISBN13: 9781534441705
- Grades: P - 3
- Ages: 4 - 8
- Lexile ® AD450L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®
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Raves and Reviews
Digital illustrations predominately in purples and gold provide a soft, spooky atmosphere to give the dwelling character. This is just right for a Halloween story hour, and children will enjoy repeating the spooky sounds on every page.
Sima’s lighthearted, cartoony style and cozy palette disarm the book of any frightening elements. The gentle, upbeat vibe makes it a fair choice to remind kids that their differences from others are the key to their belonging.
– Kirkus Reviews
Sima’s text is more sweet than spooky, complemented by the digital illustrations’ cool palette of purples, blues, and greens. Various sounds to read aloud and visual details to pore over (the anthropomorphic house’s expressions, the ever-present black cat) will surely lead to repeat readings.
– Horn Book Magazine
Sima creates a lovely twist on finding one’s place in the world, told with a light touch and plenty of spooky onomatopoeia.
– Publishers Weekly
* "This celebration of being true to oneself makes it a perfect addition to every library’s picture book collection, and the spooky message is one that is welcome all year around."
– School Library Journal, starred review
Awards and Honors
- Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award Nominee
- Bank Street Children's Book Award
Resources and Downloads
High Resolution Images
- Book Cover Image (jpg): Hardly Haunted Hardcover 9781534441705
- Author Photo (jpg): Jessie Sima Photograph courtesy of Jon Banafato(0.1 MB)
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