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Come explore the spooky world inside the White House! It’s one of America’s most famous and haunted homes, so keep your eyes wide open for darting shadows, ghostly apparitions, and lurking creepy creatures. We’ll hear true, scary stories from past Presidents and First Ladies, as well as from staff who work there every day and have had the chance to see it all. It’s the per Come explore the spooky world inside the White House! It’s one of America’s most famous and haunted homes, so keep your eyes wide open for darting shadows, ghostly apparitions, and lurking creepy creatures. We’ll hear true, scary stories from past Presidents and First Ladies, as well as from staff who work there every day and have had the chance to see it all. It’s the perfect election year book; as adults decide who will move in, kids can enjoy thinking of what the new inhabitant might encounter in the building’s many rooms and hallways. Has the original landowner decided to stick around? Is Abigail Adams still hanging laundry on the premises? Does President Andrew Jackson still make a ruckus up in the Rose Guest Room? Is Abraham Lincoln a permanent fixture in the bedroom that bears his name? Every one of these figures, and others, has been spotted or heard from. To increase the chills, a variety of archival images and original illustrations capture the hauntings. In addition to ghost-hunting, kids will learn about the real history inside the White House.


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Come explore the spooky world inside the White House! It’s one of America’s most famous and haunted homes, so keep your eyes wide open for darting shadows, ghostly apparitions, and lurking creepy creatures. We’ll hear true, scary stories from past Presidents and First Ladies, as well as from staff who work there every day and have had the chance to see it all. It’s the per Come explore the spooky world inside the White House! It’s one of America’s most famous and haunted homes, so keep your eyes wide open for darting shadows, ghostly apparitions, and lurking creepy creatures. We’ll hear true, scary stories from past Presidents and First Ladies, as well as from staff who work there every day and have had the chance to see it all. It’s the perfect election year book; as adults decide who will move in, kids can enjoy thinking of what the new inhabitant might encounter in the building’s many rooms and hallways. Has the original landowner decided to stick around? Is Abigail Adams still hanging laundry on the premises? Does President Andrew Jackson still make a ruckus up in the Rose Guest Room? Is Abraham Lincoln a permanent fixture in the bedroom that bears his name? Every one of these figures, and others, has been spotted or heard from. To increase the chills, a variety of archival images and original illustrations capture the hauntings. In addition to ghost-hunting, kids will learn about the real history inside the White House.

30 review for Who's Haunting the White House?: The President's Mansion and the Ghosts Who Live There

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Ghosts in the White House? Jeff Belanger’s Who ‘s Haunting the White House, The President’s Mansion and the Ghosts Who Live There, illustrated by RickPowell, is book for children of all ages. The author presents the contents of this magnificently illustrated book as though the reader is “going on a supernatural investigation” in the very famous White House which is located in Washington, DC. One very well-known ghost is Abraham Lincoln, and another is his son, Willie, who died from “a typhoid-ty Ghosts in the White House? Jeff Belanger’s Who ‘s Haunting the White House, The President’s Mansion and the Ghosts Who Live There, illustrated by RickPowell, is book for children of all ages. The author presents the contents of this magnificently illustrated book as though the reader is “going on a supernatural investigation” in the very famous White House which is located in Washington, DC. One very well-known ghost is Abraham Lincoln, and another is his son, Willie, who died from “a typhoid-type disease” while President and Mrs. Lincoln were spending the first year of the Civil War, 1861, in the White House. These two ghosts are most probably the best known, but there are others. The author and the illustrator do an excellent job presenting the ghosts and telling their stories. I was surprised by some of the ghost ‘attendees’. This is a fun ghost story which is historical as well. The author has written other books on ghosts1. 4.5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    This book tells of the history of the President's Residence in the United States of America. Information about the building of this residence, the rebuilding after British soldiers burned it during the War of 1812, and incidents from the lives of a few of the residents and staff are told through the device of investigating ghosts. Ghosts are reported to have been seen in the residence, the White House. A good bit of American History is told in a fun and interesting manner.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tegan

    A very interesting book about the history of ghosts in the White House. I really enjoyed having read this after visiting DC this past summer.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Linda Lipko

    Found in YA section of my local library, it looked like a quick read containing information that might be interesting. While it is a small picture like book not particularly well written, I did learn a lot about the Whitehouse. These are facts that perhaps I learned in high school, but didn't find interesting at the time and thus didn't retain the information. In 1792 Thomas Jefferson commissioned a contest regarding architectural ideas for a stately home for the new nation's first President. The Found in YA section of my local library, it looked like a quick read containing information that might be interesting. While it is a small picture like book not particularly well written, I did learn a lot about the Whitehouse. These are facts that perhaps I learned in high school, but didn't find interesting at the time and thus didn't retain the information. In 1792 Thomas Jefferson commissioned a contest regarding architectural ideas for a stately home for the new nation's first President. The only one accepted was the design of James Hoban who pattered his ideas similar in design to Monticello. Naturally, Jefferson went with Hoban's plan. Taking eight years to build, George Washington died a year before the completion and never lived in the Whitehouse. The land for the White House was donated by David Burns. His ghost is one reported to be seen by many including a staff member of FDR. In 1814 the British attacked Washington, DC destroying both the city and the White House. Dolly Madison narrowly escaped. Her ghost is reported by many. Abagail Adam's ghost is reported to haunt the East Room where she is seen hanging wash. Andrew Jackson, a volatile man always seemed to be angry about something. The sound of his shouts and cursing are reported to be heard in the Rose Room. In deep grief from the loss of their beloved son Willie, Mary Todd Lincoln held seances in the White House. She reported seeing the spirit of Willie at the bottom of her bedside. She also reported hearing Thomas Jefferson playing his violin in the Yellow Oval Room. President John Tyler is also seen in the Yellow Oval Room; he is on bended knee proposing to a much younger woman. Julia Gardiner was 30 years younger, she eventually acquiesced and thus Tyler's pleas of "Julia, please, please marry me" were successful. The ghost most often reported is that of Abraham Lincoln. After his election, Lincoln reported in the July 1865 edition of Harper's Monthly Magazine that he repeatedly saw his images in a swinging glass mirror. Sadly, he saw two reflections, both very clear and distinct. One reflection healthy, the other ghostly and exceedingly pale with a death like pallor. Again, while residing in the White House, Lincoln had a dream which foretold of his death and viewing of his body. Lincoln is seem by many in the Yellow Oval Room, hands behind his back, looking forlorn and sad while gazing across the Potomoc. Ronald Reagan reported his pet glared and barked at Lincoln's bedroom door. During a two week stay, Winston Churchill only remained in the Lincoln bedroom one night. Thereafter he requested to be moved. Harrry Truman referenced hauntings in many of his communications. He is quoted as saying "The Place is Haunted, Sure as Shootin'" This was a light, breezy read after a long and stress filled work week. Obviously written for a young audience, still it was worth the time spent perusing the pages.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Krista the Krazy Kataloguer

    I wasn't happy with the way this was written. It started out like a book on the history of the White House--how it was built and renovated over time. Belanger was approaching the subject of ghosts by starting at the beginning, when it was built, to determine whose ghost might be haunting the place today. It was all very interesting, especially the personal accounts from some of the presidents, but, to me, the evidence is rather skimpy and mostly consists of hearsay. I did enjoy reading the accou I wasn't happy with the way this was written. It started out like a book on the history of the White House--how it was built and renovated over time. Belanger was approaching the subject of ghosts by starting at the beginning, when it was built, to determine whose ghost might be haunting the place today. It was all very interesting, especially the personal accounts from some of the presidents, but, to me, the evidence is rather skimpy and mostly consists of hearsay. I did enjoy reading the account of Mary Lincoln seeing her two dead sons, and the various sightings of Abraham Lincoln. I wish that author had stuck to photos and dumped the illustrations, which were terrible. Lincoln was the only person drawn who actually looked like he was supposed to. Think they'd let Ghosthunters into the White House? Now that would be a program worth watching! Still, with the popularity of ghosts and hauntings, kids should be drawn to this one.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Inge

    You know when your mom would douse your veggies in melted cheese in order to get you to eat them? Who's Haunting the White House is broccoli covered with cheese, except that the broccoli is American history and the cheese is ghost stories. In other words: A spoon full of the supernatural makes the U.S. history go down. The narration is not always working in the book's favor. Sometimes the "Hey kids! Let's be ghost detectives!"-vibe comes off as too forced and hokey. In addition, while the illustra You know when your mom would douse your veggies in melted cheese in order to get you to eat them? Who's Haunting the White House is broccoli covered with cheese, except that the broccoli is American history and the cheese is ghost stories. In other words: A spoon full of the supernatural makes the U.S. history go down. The narration is not always working in the book's favor. Sometimes the "Hey kids! Let's be ghost detectives!"-vibe comes off as too forced and hokey. In addition, while the illustrations are well executed, they could be infinitely more creepy, which would probably draw in more readers. All in all, though, Who's Haunting the White House has great primary sources to back up its ghost stories. A good pick for kids who want something scary, "but not too scary".

  7. 4 out of 5

    Phoebe

    A nonfiction book with lots of kid appeal--what kid wouldn't be enticed by such a title? Interesting short histories accompany each ghost "story", so that kids don't realize they are learning plenty of White House history along the way. Sidebars, a mix of graphics, and the large format all make for a really excellent book for 3rd through 6th graders.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

    A kid's picture book about the resident ghosts of the White House. The earliest is the man who owned the land before the White House was built. The most frequently seen is President Lincoln. Apparently, there has never been a serious investigation of the building, just anecdotal tales of sightings. Ultimate Popsugar 2020 A book whose title is more than 20 letters

  9. 5 out of 5

    Margret

    Interesting, enjoyable, and fascinating stories. I love the book and perfect for a little spooky campfire night.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Molly Cluff (Library!)

    Fun bits of history thrown in with the supernatural

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kris Brown

    Who’s Haunting the White House? The President’s Mansion and the Ghosts Who Live There is written by Jeff Belanger and illustrated by Rick Powell. This non-fiction historical picturebook is intended to be read by the advanced age group. There were no awards issued to the author or illustrator. I rated this book as a five. Who’s Haunting the White House? The President’s Mansion and the Ghosts Who Live There is a collection of presidents, staff, and visitor accounts about ghost sightings seen withi Who’s Haunting the White House? The President’s Mansion and the Ghosts Who Live There is written by Jeff Belanger and illustrated by Rick Powell. This non-fiction historical picturebook is intended to be read by the advanced age group. There were no awards issued to the author or illustrator. I rated this book as a five. Who’s Haunting the White House? The President’s Mansion and the Ghosts Who Live There is a collection of presidents, staff, and visitor accounts about ghost sightings seen within the White House. The plot thoroughly explains numerous ghost stories from the second president, John Adams, who was the first resident in the White House, until the current president, Barack Obama. The setting is the White House. The characters are the US presidents. The theme is ghost sightings. The language is advanced. Between the content and the language, this book is more suited to the advanced or high school age group. As for the book contents, there are multiple formats. Each chapter begins with a title in red fancy script on oatmeal colored background. The first letter in the paragraph is very large brown ink. The reminder of the text is normal black. There is a small picture related to the chapter title/contents. Each picture has a caption to explain the picture. After the first page in each chapter, then the remaining pages are framed in the oatmeal color with a white border. Question and Answers are present in an old paper with burnt edges. There are old portrait pictures of past presidents, including handwritten letters, newspaper articles, and old posters. Not only does the author include personal accounts on ghost sightings, but there are scientific facts about the building and rebuilding of the White House, several wars, specific president character key points, and deaths that occurred in the White House. As for the illustrations, the front cover design is very busy with a picture of the White House on fire and five separate people illustrations in the smoke. The title is black text, except for the words “White House?”, which are large, orange, and raised lettering. The double-spread full title page contains a picture of Mary Todd seated in a chair looking at a ghost image of her husband, Abraham Lincoln. The illustration is on the vecto, while the title wording is on the recto. The next page is the publishing information. The next page contains the table of contents. There are 12 chapters. After the 12th chapter, there are pages specified to acknowledgements, bibliography, references, photo credits, and an index. Some of the illustrations are actual photographs and others are colored pencil illustrations. The hand drawn illustrations are life-like portraits depicting the character in the correct time era. The colors are brown hues. There are a total of 58 pages in the book. Overall, Who’s Haunting the White House? The President’s Mansion and the Ghosts Who Live There is a very interesting non-fiction historical picturebook that will have a high school child re-consider their beliefs on ghosts. The multiple page formats provide a fun way to learn about the presidents, their sightings, war experiences, and the building, burning, and re-building of the White House. There is a lot of information included that I didn’t know and found quite interesting. The Q&A’s placed in the book add in-depth explanations to each chapter. The photo pictures make the facts real and true to life. A U.S. History teacher could use this book at the end of their president units to increase a different awareness to the White House and its past presidents. A follow-up White House tour would be interesting for the students to determine if they encounter any ghost sightings.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Harris

    Jeff Belanger takes the reader on a journey through the White House; investigating and hunting for stories of hauntings and ghosts. His accounts move in an accurate timeline of the presidents, moving from the earliest to the most recent. Not every president is recorded as having an experience, but Belanger has recorded snippets of ghostly encounters of the more famous or popular presidents. There's even a great, ghostly picture showcased on page 47! This book moves at a fast pace and is really ve Jeff Belanger takes the reader on a journey through the White House; investigating and hunting for stories of hauntings and ghosts. His accounts move in an accurate timeline of the presidents, moving from the earliest to the most recent. Not every president is recorded as having an experience, but Belanger has recorded snippets of ghostly encounters of the more famous or popular presidents. There's even a great, ghostly picture showcased on page 47! This book moves at a fast pace and is really very interesting. Kids of all ages, who are interested in the paranormal, will be interested in this read. As an adult who loves paranormal stuff, I even enjoyed reading the short chapters filled with stories, side notes, etc. The reading level of this book is really probably for 3rd-6th grade, but like I said, it's a great read for everyone. I would also recommend this for reluctant readers or for those who are having a difficult time figuring out something to read-especially if they like history.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    Somewhat positively reviewed. (www.denverlibrary.org) While Belanger's assumption that ghosts are real distracts from the feeling of historical accuracy, upon close inspection the non-ghost related facts in this book are historically accurate. His assertions of hauntings are supplemented by historical narratives that portray former presidents, first ladies, and other figures in a very human manner. Though this book should only be given to children able to think critically about the existence of gh Somewhat positively reviewed. (www.denverlibrary.org) While Belanger's assumption that ghosts are real distracts from the feeling of historical accuracy, upon close inspection the non-ghost related facts in this book are historically accurate. His assertions of hauntings are supplemented by historical narratives that portray former presidents, first ladies, and other figures in a very human manner. Though this book should only be given to children able to think critically about the existence of ghosts, it is an excellent choice for students reluctant to learn history. It is also a good choice for a Halloween-themed display.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Julie Fischer

    Children and adults are fascinated with our Presidency and the home in which the first family lives. Many people have worked in the mansion, visited the White House and lived there during their years in office. Strange experiences some of these people have felt a presence, others could see,or hear a voice when there was no one noticeable in the room with them, and seen people who lived long ago in our country's history. Learning about the paranormal experiences people have presented to authoriti Children and adults are fascinated with our Presidency and the home in which the first family lives. Many people have worked in the mansion, visited the White House and lived there during their years in office. Strange experiences some of these people have felt a presence, others could see,or hear a voice when there was no one noticeable in the room with them, and seen people who lived long ago in our country's history. Learning about the paranormal experiences people have presented to authorities, children as well as adults are able to grasp different facts concerning many of the people in our history. The book brings excellent for classroom discussions.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Janette

    The white house has been notorious for ghost stories, especially of Lincoln. This juvenile book adequately describes historical events and quotes from eyewitnesses who claim to have seen ghosts in the white house. Among the eyewitnesses are former presidents, first ladies, and employees of the white house. There's even a copy of a letter written by President Truman to his wife expressing his concerns of ghostly encounters. This is a quick read for adults who have an interest in history and haunt The white house has been notorious for ghost stories, especially of Lincoln. This juvenile book adequately describes historical events and quotes from eyewitnesses who claim to have seen ghosts in the white house. Among the eyewitnesses are former presidents, first ladies, and employees of the white house. There's even a copy of a letter written by President Truman to his wife expressing his concerns of ghostly encounters. This is a quick read for adults who have an interest in history and hauntings.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shelli

    This is an attention-grabbing book for believers or skeptics in the realm of paranormal, especially if you happen to be a fan of United States History. What I enjoyed most about this read was the historical backstory information that was given about each apparitional guest that has been seen in the White House. A great read for students who may otherwise not be interested in learning about U.S. History.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Harry Truman saw them. Winston Churchill felt their presence. Mary Todd Lincoln actually called them forth, and Abraham Lincoln is one of them. Dolly Madison tried to stop the workmen from digging up her garden to plan the Rose Garden sixty years after she died. These are the specters that lurk in one of the most historic, and haunted, buildings in America.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sahmed3

    Abraham Lincoln, his son, and President Jackson are just some of the ghosts in the white house. People always have wanted to know about the White House ghosts. But there are more ghosts at the White House. So read Who's Haunting the White House? to learn more about this historical place! This is a book about the White House's ghosts.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    This was more of a nice history of the White House than an actual ghost book for kids. Barely any information and few anecdotes on actual hauntings. I get that it's a children's book and clearly geared to an elementary audience but I was incredibly disappointed. Thankfully it was 50% off in the bargain books section or I'd be extra annoyed. Don't waste your time.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Very interesting! I love books of this type and Belanger has done an excellent job in his writing. Kudos also go to Illustrator, Rick Powell for his illustrations. I especially liked the one where Dolley Madison rises up out of the Colonial Garden.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Anne Leilani

    A YA adult book I read in an hour. It is illustrated and has some true accounts of paranormal events witnessed by famous people who lived in and visited the White house. A good book for youth because the book is not frightening. But it would interest a young person.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Angie Webb

    What a cool fun way to teach History. This was a fun book kinda geared towards young adult but I enjoyed it very much. I love the honesty from the White House Usher. This is a wonderful gift idea for any 10 year old and up! I liked it a lot. Jeff is a terrific author.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    This is a supernatural view of the White House - told from previous White House inhabitants who had encountered ghosts.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Joenna

    Ghosts and strange happenings at the White House from the beginning.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    Not engaging enough to finish. No page numbers, pages are attractively laid out, and history points were a good refresher. However, just didn't feel the connection of the ghost stories.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    A fun children's version of some White House history and the lore that surrounds it...for older children.

  27. 5 out of 5

    H

    Meh.... and annoying for the way it is written as though ghosts are real.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    Very boring. My kids did not want to read this one for very long. I appreciate all the history here, but there was very little about actual hauntings.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Peggy

    Strange book...primary sources about ghosts in the White House. Factual? Factual that people believe it, at least.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    A good introduction to presidential history for the elementary school reader.

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