Stories Aloud
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Publication date: 01 Sep 2016
ISBN: 9780857635822
Size: 298 x 3 mm
Length: 32 pages
Picture Books

The Mystery of the Haunted Farm


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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“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.”

“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.

– Starred review from Kirkus 

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