|Mystery of the haunted farm|
Author: Dolan, Elys
Strange and spooky things are happening down on the farm, and Farmer Greg knows exactly who to call--Ghost-hunters!
Kirkus Reviews (+) (08/01/16)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (07/16)
The Hornbook (00/09/16)
Full Text Reviews:
Bulletin for the Center... - 07/01/2016 Something has gone horror-ifically wrong at Farmer Greg’s farm, so he calls in the Three Pigs Ghost-Hunters to investigate the situation. They’re baffled that the Phantom Finder 5000 doesn’t register any paranormal activity when faced with zombie ducks, howling ghost cows, and sinister green slime. A mysterious chicken coop reveals the truth-an “underground fear factory” created by the barnyard animals to scare off a terrible beast that appears on the farm. Moonlight comes and the frightening creature proves to be Farmer Greg, who turns into a werewolf, but the three pigs discover that he’s a friendly and trainable wolf, so they save the barnyard after all. Don’t think too hard about the ridiculous plot-the fun here lies in the supernatural barnyard bedlam, displayed in oversized spreads crammed full of speech balloons and subplots. Readers familiar with Dolan’s Weasels (BCCB 2/13) will recognize the chaotic comedy and cunning animal characters, and they’ll know to search the spreads for rewarding detail: the snail who repeatedly scoffs at the frenzy, the source of the sinister slime (let’s just say it’s gross), the media hat-tips ranging from The Shining to Frankenstein to, of course, Ghostbusters (“I ain’t afraid of no goat!” says a fearless pig). For those who prefer Halloween silliness to Halloween spookiness, this will be right up their alley. DS - Copyright 2016 The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.