Early Readers – Dirk Bones and the Mystery of the Haunted House

Dirk Bones is a skeleton. He’s also the newspaper reporter for the Ghostly Tombs. He’s put on assignment: find out about a haunted house were the ghosts are being haunted by a creepy noise!

This is an I Can Read! Beginning Reading Level 1 book labeled as having “simple sentences for eager new readers”. There are five to ten sentences on each page. Some pages are half text, half pictures while other pages are filled with text with the facing page filled with a picture. No contractions are used, but dialog is abundant.

The story is remarkably fresh for a beginning reader. These books can quickly become stale and repetitive. This particular example manages to create some tension and give clues to the possible solution of the mystery. The idea that werewolves and ghosts are frightened by noises that are not ghostly also adds a touch of humor to the story.


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