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Combined Summary

Series: Choose Your Own Adventure - Dragonlarks — no. 1
Choose Your Own Adventure for Younger Readers — no. 2
Choose Your Own Adventure Junior — no. 1
Contained In: Choose Your Own Adventure Skylark 1 Box Set (Collection)
Translated Into: La casa encantada (Catalan)
La casa encantada (Spanish)
Hayaletli ev (Turkish)
La maison hantée (French)
Os misterios da casa cinzenta (Portuguese)
Author: Montgomery, R. A.
Illustrators: Granger, Paul (pseudonym used by Hedin, Don) (First printing; Original version, red cover edition; Original version, school edition; Fourth printing)
Newton, Keith (Dragonlarks edition, first printing; Australian edition; Dragonlarks edition, later printing; Dragonlarks edition, third printing)
Dates: November, 1981 (First printing)
May, 2007 (Dragonlarks edition, first printing)
ISBNs: 0553151193 / 9780553151190 (Fourth printing)
0553152076 / 9780553152074 (Original version, school edition)
0553154281 / 9780553154283 (Original version, red cover edition)
0553156799 / 9780553156799 (Original version, red cover edition)
1933390514 / 9781933390512 (Dragonlarks edition, first printing, Dragonlarks edition, later printing, Dragonlarks edition, third printing)
Length: 56 pages (First printing, Fourth printing, Original version, school edition, Original version, red cover edition)
Number of Endings: 18
Cover Price: US$1.75 (Fourth printing)
Special Thanks: Dragonlarks edition, first printing:
Thanks to Ken G. for the front and back cover scans.
User Summary: Your dog runs into a haunted house and you must find him.
Demian's Thoughts:

Being aimed at very young children, this book is an incredibly fast read and has almost no content at all. Consequently, it's not very interesting.

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Kveto's Thoughts:

This is for kids in the 6-9 range with only a sentence or two per page. I have the Dragonlarks version which has big, glossy illustrations.

The story is standard youth fare, with the protagonist entering an old house to find a lost puppy. It has lots of zany paths, none of which could be deemed scary, and most of the choices are arbitrary. However, reading this with my 6-year-old daughter, I learned that she saw nothing wrong with taking candy offered by a furry, talking tortoise, which leads me to question my parenting so far.

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waktool's Thoughts:

I read this book individually with my daughter (5) and son (7). My daughter chose it because it looked "spooky" and she likes that kind of thing.

This book is crazy/nuts; the story lines are so random, which I don't know was by design or not (refer to spoiler below). There are 18 endings in total and the two that we played through were so random and weird that I immediately wanted to play through all the others just to see if they had stranger outcomes. If the intent was to create a surreal haunted house experience, it is a success. If the intent was to create a "surreal" haunted house experience where anything goes, R. A. Montgomery definitely succeeded in doing so.

My kids really enjoyed the book. Each story line is really short so it only took about 10 minutes to read each time. They were really excited to go and tell mum what happened. They were also inspired to draw their own versions of the front cover.

Overall, I understand why it might not be enjoyable for an adult but my kids (who are the target audience), really enjoyed it and wanted to play it again.

*SPOILER*

My daughter went flying around with a ghost woman. She went exploring with a kid wearing a baseball glove and holding a Frisbee. She had a surprise birthday with all her friends, dog and mum and blew out the candles on the biggest chocolate birthday cake she'd ever seen.

My son heard a spooky voice coming from the cellar which he followed. He found a river running through the cellar with a boat that paddled itself. He also found a garden in the cellar and a bus that was shaped like a sausage which drove him back to his house.

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Errata:Some reissue editions list "12 endings" on the cover, but these printings include 18 endings just like every other version of the book.
Users Who Own This Item: Ardennes (yellow) (Yellow, 18 ending reissue w/o border), dave2002a, Demian (first reissue printing), duckhugger, Erikwinslow (Red cover), exaquint (1st yellow, 2nd yellow, red no price) (dragonlark 1st, dragonlark 8th), Ffghtermedic, Garrick Muttley, Gartax, Groatsworth, Himynameistony, horrorbusiness, jdreller, jharvey79, JoshW, katzcollection (original) (third printing with erroneous "12 endings" on cover), KenJenningsJeopardy74, killagirilla, kinderstef, knginatl (orig. yellow, red, yellow "school edition", yellow "book fair", yellow "special", w/border reissue, w/o border reissue) (orig. yellow, red, yellow "school edition", yellow "book fair", yellow "special", w/border reissue, w/o border reissue) (orig. yellow, red, yellow "school edition", yellow "book fair", yellow "special", w/border reissue, w/o border reissue), Kveto, marcfonline, marnaudo, mattender, morbus, nelsondesign, NEMO (Ex-Library copy,tape wraps around both covers covering them.), newt3425, Nomad, ntar (red and hardback red), Pseudo_Intellectual, RonaldFrobnitz, Ryuran333 (yellow), strawberry_brite, theyodaman (yellow "special"), twar, Uraniborg, waktool (Original, 4th printing (yellow, $1.75); Original, 6th printing (yellow, $1.95)) (Dragonlark, CN 2nd printing) (Junior, CN 1st printing), Yalius, YourSoundtrack, yunakitty
Users Who Want This Item: exaquint (yellow school edition, yellow book fair, yellow special, red w/price), NEMO (Any other), ntar (dragonlarks)
Users with Extra Copies: exaquint - 2nd yellow
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