Thursday, March 19, 2009

Book Review of The Berenstain Bears: The Haunted Lighthouse

The Berenstain Bears: The Haunted Lighthouse
Authors: Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (2001)
Format: Paperback, 96 pages
ISBN-10: 0375812695
ISBN-13: 978-0375812699

The Berenstain Bears are looking forward to an exciting summer vacation by the beach on Gull Island. There's just one problem: Papa neglected to rent a beach house in advance and all of the beach houses are taken! The family ends up in the only house available, an abandoned lighthouse on a nearby island.

When the family stops at a store for supplies, the store keeper gives them a book about the area. The book recounts a legend about pirates who sailed the nearby waters and are now rumored to haunt the lighthouse. Sister is scared when she hears this, but Mama and Papa reassure her that there's nothing to worry about.

However, once they get to the lighthouse, strange things start to happen. Despite being abandoned for years, the lighthouse is spotless on the inside. A clam shell comes clattering down the stairs of the lighthouse tower while the family is eating dinner. A fish shows up in their fishing basket despite the fact that Papa didn't catch anything. Could the lighthouse really be haunted or is there a less sinister explanation? The answer will teach the cubs a lesson in loyalty, bravery and friendship.

Short, easy sentences and large print make this an excellent choice for a child who has mastered easy reader books but might find a traditional chapter book too challenging.

Rating: 9/10.

Buy The Haunted Lighthouse:
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All right, show of hands: How many of you grew up reading the Berenstain Bears? (Or spent hours reading them to your children?)


  1. WOW I can't believe they still make these books.... I am definitely one of those who grew up with them.

    I think they may have been one of the first books I read all by myself.

  2. This brings back memories. My son loved the Berenstain Bears when he was young.

  3. I enjoyed them as a child and enjoy reading the books to both of my girls now!

  4. i can't believe the bears are still at it!!! my dad used to read them to us when we were kids. i don't have kids, so i've kinda fallen out of the kid-lit loop. :)

  5. I loved these books as a child! I read them to my younger brother, too. Now my two-year-old daughter is a fan (The Spooky Old Tree and Bears in the Night were huge hits), so I'll have to look for this one!

  6. I showed this to my 5 yo niece and she wants me to rush out and buy it!

  7. I didn't know the Bearenstain Bears were still around! I totally grew up with those books :-)