Shadow Night

Children - Grade K-3rd
42 Pages
Reviewed on 02/18/2015
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Shadow Night by J.V. Rittmann is a spooky story for little kids. The book shows two sisters having a fun night. The rhyming verses bring the dollhouse to life where things are not actually how they should be. This spooky story sees one sister waking up at night to hear ghosts banging on the window, bats circling close to her head, and she realizes her sister is not in bed. As she runs to the door, there are snakes crawling at her feet and she goes downstairs amid creatures banging and clanging. But she doesn't see goblins, ghosts and goons in sight. Will they be able to sneak back to their room without their mother knowing?

The story is exciting and children will feel spooked by what is happening in the house. The pictures are colorful and lively and give pace and movement to the story and the characters. The two sisters are adorable and their night activities are exciting. The 'Shadow Man' poem at the end of the book is very enjoyable. I found the story ideal to introduce kids to scary stories. It builds up the suspense slowly and ends with a twist. It is a good book for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. The two sisters in the dollhouse are cute and adorable and they bring the story alive with their scary adventures at night. It is the type of story that all kids will enjoy reading.