Tales from the Haunted Mansion: Volume 1: The Fearsome Foursome as told by mansion librarian Amicus Arcane, transcribed by John Espositio, illustrated by Kelley Jones

Published by Disney Press 

Summary:  Willa, Steve, Tim, and Noah love horror of all kinds.  They form a club called The Fearsome Foursome to share scary stories with each other.  One stormy night, their clubhouse is mysteriously destroyed, and in its place are four frighteningly fancy invitations to a nearby mansion.  Arriving at the creepy old place, they are met by a ghostly librarian, who offers to tell them a story about each one of them…tales so creepy they will be dying to hear the end of them.  Each narrative ends with the death or dismemberment of the main character, and at the end of the book, all four kids discover they have turned into ghosts.  This is volume 1 of a series based on Disney’s Haunted Mansion; stay tuned to learn more about some of the other 999 ghosts that live in the aforementioned mansion.  240 pages; grades 3-7.

Pros:  Fans of Goosebumps and Alvin Schwartz’s scary stories will enjoy these spine-tingling tales that add enough humor and gross details to keep the tone on the lighter side.

Cons:  I couldn’t quite wrap my head around the fact that all four kids ended up as ghosts living in the Haunted Mansion forever.

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