Parents who enjoy horror movies will appreciate this introduction to the genre, but families with sensitive kids should think about whether they're up for even a "light" fright flick. There were some moments scary enough to give a grownup a good start, but not too scary for a kid, particularly at the climax.

He was so frightened that he requested we leave before it was over. I'm really curious to see how this translates on the big screen. Regret spending my money on this. Should be a fun read for all ages; it has enough creepiness and danger to keep the tension up to its conclusion.

This was such a fun read! Lewis experiments with some magic and resurrects the previous owner who is set on finishing off the world. but she hadn't actually READ it before giving it to her nephew. This book was odd. Shows that families aren't always mother-father-child units. Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free.

I had somehow managed to skip over this one when I was a young reader, or, if I had read it, I don't recall doing so.

There were some things that popped out of nowhere and can be really frightening to some people. Necromancy/blood/crypt imagery and commentary. Would people who have read this book, say it is scary??? Lots of creepiness around cemeteries, graves, raising the dead, as well as a mysterious ticking in the walls of a house. Overweight, awkward, friendless, recently orphaned, Lewis makes some bad decisions, many for reasons readers will find all too relatable, like trying to be friends with someone who wants to ditch him. Uncle Jonathan is a minor magician, and he lives in an old mansion formerly inhabited by an evil wizard. Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. Thank you for your support. We both really enjoyed the bo... Sweetness, monsters, gore in darkly appealing fantasy. Do you consider anyone in the movie a role model? They had some fun discussions, and did some cool little magic tricks to keep little Louis from feeling so lonely since he's not terribly popular.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Don't take your kids if they're under 15! Searching for streaming and purchasing options ... Common Sense is a nonprofit organization. Report abuse. A bully threatens Lewis with broken bones, and a creepy adult threatens to cut his throat. And Vaccaro, who played the son in both Daddy's Home movies, is believable as a shy, slightly nerdy orphan who's hoping to fit in at a new home and school. Media type: Print book: Pages: 179: ISBN: 978-0-451-48128-3: OCLC: 1048899765: Followed by: The Figure in the Shadows The House with a Clock in Its Walls is a 1973 juvenile mystery fiction novel written by John Bellairs and illustrated by Edward Gorey.

It has, until a few short days ago, rested comfortably, anonymously, on. What to Watch, Read, and Play While Your Kids Are Stuck Indoors, Common Sense Selections for family entertainment, Stoke kids' love of reading with great summer stories, Check out new Common Sense Selections for games, Teachers: Find the best edtech tools for your classroom with in-depth expert reviews, 6 formas de usar los medios para que los niños mantengan el español, Wide Open School: recursos para el aprendizaje a distancia, Which Side of History? Verified Purchase. She said that one of our employees recommended it to her (Don, who is the only source I trust for children's lit. Imaginative illustrated tale of quirky friends' adventures. Director Eli Roth's first foray into family-friendly movies isn't a masterpiece, but it's just spooky and funny enough to entertain young moviegoers who are new to the horror genre. Jonathon and his best friend/neighbor are both wizards and he lives in a house that was previously owned by another evil wizard that left this doomsday clock hidden in the house. Become a member to write your own review.

This movie was too advanced for the age group it proposes it is safe for. All rights reserved. TBH the start and the middle is great, I love the cozy but the ending for me is not that good, it's hanging, The House with a Clock in Its Walls (Lewis Barnavelt, #1). Families can talk about the violence in The House with a Clock in Its Walls. But I did myself thinking more than once that I felt old reading this because the main character was so young.

Lewis is a brave, disciplined boy who breaks a rule and faces the consequences. I used it as a read aloud to my fourth graders and they would BEG each day to hear more. The scenes in this and the concepts are way beyond these movies and it is a disgrace it was rated PG. There's necromancy, a nude male demon licking up a blood sacrifice, an evil witch posing as the protagonist's dead mother. And only the Barnavelts can stop it! Can they find the clock before the final tick? I really wish I had read it as a kid/young teen because I would have fallen head over heels for it back then, I know that without a doubt. Recommended to me by a friend, I had high expectations that simply weren’t met. How much scary stuff can kids handle? What to Watch, Read, and Play While Your Kids Are Stuck Indoors, Common Sense Selections for family entertainment, Stoke kids' love of reading with great summer stories, Check out new Common Sense Selections for games, Teachers: Find the best edtech tools for your classroom with in-depth expert reviews, 6 formas de usar los medios para que los niños mantengan el español, Wide Open School: recursos para el aprendizaje a distancia, Which Side of History? When Lewis Barnavelt, an orphan, comes to stay with his uncle Jonathan, he expects to meet an ordinary person. Occasional references to poop.

It was interesting, as I read this it was like little puffs of smoke which were memories went off in my head and I would think, 'oh yeah', I remember that now. Read The House with a Clock in Its Walls: Lewis Barnavelt, Book 1 reviews from parents on Common Sense Media. Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners. Parents need to know that The House with a Clock in Its Walls is based on John Bellairs' same-named 1970s children's book.

At first, watching magic is enough. Jonathan’s neighbor, a peculiar old woman named Mrs. Zimmerman, also dabbles in magic.

I wanted to be sympathetic to the boy...I even tried to be. For these reasons, we are withholding our Dove Seal from this movie. But is it really her? One spell involves him cutting his finger and spilling blood on a book. But I got very tired of the boy "crying", or "getting ready to cry", or "feeling like he was going to cry"...or whatever. She read one herself and was "shocked that anyone would let a child read such a thing." Still back to my original conclusion... it's a pretty good and an enjoyable book.

It will rid the earth of human beings, and all of them will cease to exist. Lewis doesn’t fit in very well at school at first but then meets a young man named Tarby, who is running for class president.
This is not one of them.
The previews do not do this movie justice for the evil within. This movie is scary!! He is a God when it comes to kids books.) My son loves spooky things, but this was the first time I’ve seen him actually afraid in the movie as well as for weeks after. Now don’t get me wrong, I did still thoroughly enjoy it and I thought it was a great magical read! What era is this movie set in? Dreeb! At first, watching magic is enough. We’re driving home right now with two traumatized kids:( (9yrs and 7yrs). It's young-kid friendly one moment and then unsettling the next. They love jack black kids movies.

It has to be seen to be appreciated.

I found a dog-eared, faded Dell Yearling edition at my local library's used book sale recently. Just re-read the book. A witch disguises herself as a beloved person to trick someone. Why or why not? I liked young Louis and his Uncle and his next door neighbor friend, who both happened to be powerful Sorcerers.

Black and Blanchett are an amusing pair, trading barbs, bickering, and working together to keep Lewis safe.

I wouldn’t even recommend this as a rental. Witchcraft (as well as Ouija boards, Magic 8 Balls, etc.) I thought I was taking my kids to see a family friendly comedy with touches of innocent spooky touches, but instead this movie featured a scene with a demon with a split tongue in the black woods, blood magic and way too much witchcraft and demonic references. Demons and monsters are different. Join now. Satan is so smart, in the movie they used upside down crosses and any other demonic symbols to make it seem like it’s ok for you to surround yourself with that. She had bought all of them for her nephew and it scared the bejesus out of him. Middle-Grade book series from the 90s, one character dies at the end of one of the books and coins are placed on his/her eyes. It features several themes but is, ultimately, a horror flick for kids. *Spoiler alert* a witch disguises herself as the 10-year old's dead mother to trick him into helping her. At one poi.

Definitely not PG worthy. I cannot believe this is labeled as a kid movie.

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