Haunted House

Day & Night

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
54 Pages
Reviewed on 08/12/2023
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Reviewed by Miche Arendse for Readers' Favorite

The creepy sounds and shadows that only seem to occur at night have really started to take their toll. Haunted House: Day & Night by Jaybie D. follows Mandy as she tries to overcome her fears by taking a trip with her family to a haunted house. Mandy could really do without the spooky sounds and shadows every night, and she sure wasn’t looking forward to going to the haunted house. It all seemed as if it could go wrong, but once they arrived and got to see all the work that was put in behind the scenes, Mandy’s fears started to lessen, and instead, she found herself feeling excited.

I found Haunted House by Jaybie D. to be a really interesting story, and I loved the motivation behind it, which is to show children that there is nothing to be afraid of at night. More often than not, kids are afraid of the dark or the unknown, and this book very clearly addresses that issue through Mandy. By showing children that there is nothing to fear and that even a haunted house isn’t really all that scary, I think it will help lessen the fears of children. The story in itself is also really creative, and I think the illustrations were really beautiful. They complemented the story and its overall tone, adding to the book as a whole. Taking something that children know to be scary and showing them the ways in which it isn’t will really help them overcome fears and grow emotionally.

Pikasho Deka

Hop on for a ride to the haunted house and discover what truly happens behind the scenes in Jaybie D's Haunted House: Day & Night. This wonderful children's picture book follows Mandy, a little girl who had trouble sleeping when the wind howled outside her window one night. The following day, her brother Kyle comes up with a plan for a family trip to the nearest haunted house. Upon her mother's insistence, Mandy reluctantly agrees to go on the trip, and soon, the family arrives in front of a dilapidated building with scary scenery and carnival games on display. Mandy is scared until Mr. Holder, the man in charge of the production, reveals the house's secrets. Soon, Mandy learns about the costumes, makeup, and background staff who put in so much effort to make memories for the families who visit.

Many of us used to go to haunted houses when we were children. Author Jaybie D captures that experience and brings it to life on the pages of this colorful picture book you won't want to put down. Haunted House is a treat for kids who love all things spooky and even for those who scare easily because this captivating tale lets you know that not everything you fear is all that scary. Jaybie D uses rhyming verses and some vibrant artwork to ensure you enjoy every moment of the reading experience. I absolutely loved the illustrations and felt they enhanced the story and the characters. So grab a copy and join in on an adventure you won't soon forget!

Ann Linus

Mandy could not sleep because everything around her was scary. The wind howled, and the curtains fluttered eerily. The shadows were shaped weirdly, and the streetlights flickered. In short, everything around her had a ghostly aura. However, sleep eventually found her. The next day, her brother gallantly suggests a trip to a grand haunted house tour site, and against Mandy’s resistance, Mom buys them tickets, and off they go to the haunted house. Read Jaybie D.’s Haunted House: Day and Night to follow Mandy’s experience.

Haunted House: Day and Night is a colorful adventure story about a day in a haunted house. The tour started with showing the behind-the-scenes of a haunted house, which was intended to demystify the scary part of the experience and show that most scary things are not real. I liked the lesson in this experience; it was a helpful reminder to my adult self. I especially liked the diction and font arrangement used for the narrative. Interesting words were colorfully highlighted, and the lines had end rhymes in a show of creative flair. What is a picture book without aesthetically pleasing pictures to complement the story? Jaybie D. did not disappoint with the vivid images that illustrated this story. Haunted House: Day and Night was a pleasant and helpful read, and I recommend it to young readers. It would make a good bedtime story to remind young ones that most of what they see at night is a trick of the mind.