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The Mystery of the Haunted Farm

The Mystery of the Haunted Farm

Author Elys Dolan
Illustrator Elys Dolan




5.00 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
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Strange and spooky things are happening down on the farm, and Farmer Greg knows exactly who to call -Ghost-hunters! The three little pigs are the best guys for the job, a specialist team of Ghosthunters equipped with the latest in ghost-hunting gadgets. But when the Phantom Finder 5000 fails to recognise any paranormal activity AT ALL, the pigs realise all is not quite as it seems. . . and there’s certainly something suspicious about the mysterious chicken coup up on the hill . . . could that be a werepuppy?

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What the Critics Said

“Dolan (Nuts in Space) brings her usual mix of funny dialogue and action-packed artwork to a barnyard mystery with echoes of Ghostbusters and Scooby-Doo. “Down on the farm something wasn’t quite right,” so Farmer Greg calls the only team that can help: the Three Pigs Ghost-Hunters. As the pigs investigate, their Phantom Finder 5000 can’t detect any supernatural activity, despite ample evidence to the contrary. The pond is overrun with zombie ducks (“Quack! Quack! Brains!”), bovine ghosts haunt the farmhouse with eerie cries of “Mooooo,” and Frankenhorse and Donkula are threatening the barn. As in her previous books, Dolan marries text and illustration to very funny effect, with an abundance of visual jokes, speech-balloon commentary, and details that advance both the story and the hilarity (“I ain’t afraid of no goat,” quips one of the investigators as the pigs head into the “incredibly creepy chicken coop” that might hold the key to the mystery). The large cast, clues tucked into the background, and feisty banter should easily hold up to multiple readings.”

Publishers Weekly

“While this is definitely a children’s book, Dolan adds some masterful one-liners for adult readers’ benefit that are sure to cause chuckles (one Ghost-Hunter says, “I ain’t afraid of no goat!”). Dolan’s mixed-media illustrations balance the creepy with the silly and are filled with hysterical details, visual puns, and speech bubbles, so readers are sure to find new things on repeat readings.

This is one haunted farm readers won’t want to skip.”

– Starred review from Kirkus 

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Chinese (simplified), US English

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  1. 5 out of 5


    I love Elys Dolan’s books! Her previous books, Nuts in Space and Weasels, are hilarious and her illustrations are chock full of lots of quirky details (including references to spy and sci-fi movies). Elys’ latest book, The Mystery of the Haunted Farm, is even better. This is a brilliant book that kids will want to come back to again and again. Elys has put so much detail into her illustrations and kids will have heaps of fun reading all the speech bubbles. The text is hilarious and the humour works on several levels. Adults will enjoy reading it just as much as the kids. It’s a picture book that’s perfect for older readers to as they’ll get some of the references that younger children will miss. I really like the size of this book too (it’s larger than usual, making it great for sharing).

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