Trick or Treat: Sounds in the House {Picture Book Review}

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Karl Beckstrand

Karl Beckstrand is a UT Humanities Council lecturer and a five-time published author with 21 titles found on Amazon. He has lived abroad and has been a Spanish/English interpreter. He crafts activity books, mystery picture books, and bilingual books that include pronunciation guides.

I received “Sounds in the House” (which will be given away in our event) and “She Doesn’t Want the Worms.”

“Sounds in the House” is a mystery picture book, leading you throughout the house during the night to figure out what is making all the scary noises. It makes for some interested reading and provides opportunities to have the kids help copy the sounds themselves. This book is written for ages 2 years old and up. Rissa isn’t there yet. She was interested in pointing out the puppy to me and trying to flip the pages on her own. Over all, it’s a cute book. I wish the rhyming was a little more rhythmic, but they can’t all read the same way.

The other book, “She Doesn’t Want the Worms,” kind of creeped me out. So many bugs and talk of eating them, it made my skin crawl! It’s also aimed at 2+. Rissa wasn’t too interested in it while I read it aloud (though I wasn’t the best storyteller with all those yucky things!) though she liked carrying it around. I wasn’t a fan of the illustrations either. The people looked odd to me. It was like using a real picture and then mess around with it by adding smears, smudges, etc. I also found the online secrets confusing to find and navigate.

Final thoughts:  Sounds in the House was a cute book to help teach children about sounds and what they mean. I personally did not care for the Worms book, but others may enjoy it!

Right now he has a special promotion where you can get a free copy of “Crumbs on the Stairs – A Mystery” (bilingual hard cover) when you order any hard cover (Bad Bananas or a Spanish or bilingual title) at


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