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- Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 12 pages
- Dimensions: 198mm x 294mm x 22mm | 440g
- Publication date: 3 October 2005
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1844288749
- ISBN 13: 9781844288748
- Edition: 25, Special edition
- Edition statement: 25th Anniversary edition
- Illustrations note: colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 17,234
Enjoy a tour of this spooky old house where a spine-tingling surprise lurks in every dark corner. Re-issued in its original full-size format, with four new pop-ups, this definitive edition brings the classic novelty to a whole new generation.
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Jan Pienkowski was born in Warsaw in 1936. His family were architects and artists. He made his first book when he was 8, as a present for his father. It was all about road rage - but featuring a horse and cart. The war made his childhood an adventure, if not a very comfortable one at times, taking him from Poland to Austria, Germany, Italy and finally bringing him in 1946 to England. After reading Classics and English at Cambridge, Jan worked in advertising, publishing, and doing graphics for the BBC children's TV series Watch! In his spare time, he started to illustrate books for children. The books took over. Jan won the Library Association Kate Greenaway Medal in 1972 for his silhouette illustrations to Joan Aiken's The Kingdom Under the Sea and again in 1980 for Haunted House. He was to use his silhouette technique to dramatic effect in other books like the Fairytale Library. Jan pioneered the modern pop-up book with Haunted House, Robot, Dinner Time, Good Night and 17 others. Christmas Kingdom, Phone Book and Door Bell added sound effects while Botticelli's Bed and Breakfast capers irreverently through the history of western art.
By Nicola Besnard 21 Jun 2011
I still have my original copy of this book, I am 36 and it has always been my favourite book. My 4 year old just loves loves loves this. Check out the crocodile in the bath tub, the skeleton in the closet and the cat that is in every room. A taste of the early 80's!