Children’s Book Reviews

Children's Book Review: The Haunting of Heck House

Publish March 10, 2015

Wise-cracking monster-hunters, Cheryl and Tweed, are back The Haunting of Heck House, the second instalment of Lesley Livingston and Jonathan Llyr’s Wiggins Weird series. Having barely recovered from defeating a possessed mummy princess, the 12-year-old cousins settle back into life in Wiggins Cross, only to discover that the same carnival responsible for their previous adventure has left behind other unearthly mysteries for them to solve. Ever eager to corner Wiggins Cross’ babysitting and house-minding market, the cousins are pumped to participate in an overnight competition at Heck House – a creepy, gothic style mansion at 44678 Eerie Lane. Locked in the house overnight, the twins and their competitors quickly discover that they must cooperate to overcome the paranormal forces conspiring to prevent their escape. With quirky characters, one-liner dialogue, and action that shamelessly exploits the tropes of classic monster movies, Livingston and Llyr evoke a retro cartoon vibe vaguely reminiscent of the original Scooby Doo series. Illustrated scripts that spoof popular movie genres provide a nice break from the scares in this haunted house escape tale. Trap doors, locked rooms, a possessed movie speaker, and an animated gargoyle named Ramshackle are just some of the creepy delights in store for fans of classic B movie culture, written so vividly that readers can almost smell the popcorn. Reviewed from uncorrected proofs

The Haunting of Heck House

Lesley Livingston and Jonathan Llyr
Illustration EN: Steven Burley
Puffin Canada
ISBN 13: 978-0-14-318426-3

Karen Doerksen
Karen Doerksen Karen Doerksen lives in Sherwood Park, Alberta with her husband and four children. She works for the Edmonton Public Library, and holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alberta.  

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