Sunday Book Review – Brody Cody and the Haunted House, #Children’s by Toni Pike

My Sunday Book Review for Toni Pike’s – Brody Cody and the Haunted House. I read the first book in this series and when Toni generously offered me an ARC to read for this next clever and engaging #Children’s book in the series, I happily accepted.




Brody Cody loves his new stepmother but is surprised to hear that she is expecting a baby. To celebrate, his parents take Brody and his friends away for a week to a very spooky house in the Blue Mountains, owned by the elderly and even spookier Mr Sludge.

Very strange things start to happen, and the friends soon become convinced that the house is haunted. They love scary stories and know all about ghosts, but will they be able to solve the mystery?

A hilarious adventure for children aged 6-9.

Book 2 in The Brody Cody Series.

It would be best to read the series in order. Book 1 is BRODY CODY AND THE STEPMOTHER FROM OUTER SPACE.


My 5 Star Review:

This is the second book in the Brody series where in book 1, Brody gets a new stepmom, and now she’s pregnant and Brody isn’t sure how he feels about a baby in the house after he’s been an only child all his young life.

To surprise Brody, his dad and stepmom, Pandora, decide to rent a holiday house for a family vacation and Brody is allowed to invite a few of his good friends to join in. When they arrive, the place looks nothing like it did in pictures, a rundown big old house that needs some TLC. But the family didn’t mind, they were there already so Pandora and the kids got cleaning up the place and the owner, old Mr. Sludge, gave them a tour of the property.

The kids were eager to go for a walk through the bush and were warned if they got lost to stay where they are. They were sure they wouldn’t be lost because smart Kyle left tape marks every few meters so they can find their way back.  But somehow the tape mysteriously disappeared. The kids continue to be spooked by weird happenings. They find open kitchen drawers in the middle of the night when they go down to grab a late snack. Another night they hear the front door slam, and Mr. Sludge introduces them to an air raid shelter from the long ago past that the kids are invited to play inside, and warned not to close the door.

Brody is convinced there’s a ghost – or ghosts in the house and has nightmares of ghosts. The children decide collectively to stay on guard the next night to try and capture the ‘ghost’. They decide to all wake at midnight to wait for the ghostly shadows to appear out in the backyard and listen for the rustling noise they’ve been hearing nightly in the kitchen. And their plan worked! They followed the noises leading down to the kitchen. And what they found? I cannot tell you this. You will have to read the book!

This book was an entertaining read. Although the story centers around the ‘ghostly’ findings, it’s not a scary book for children, rather a mini mystery for kids, and quite enjoyable for adults too.



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29 thoughts on “Sunday Book Review – Brody Cody and the Haunted House, #Children’s by Toni Pike

  1. Children’s books aren’t for me as reading them to my own or as yet for grandchildren. But happy to see you’re branching out–maybe a new genre for you as a writer?


    1. Thanks John. I don’t typically read children’s books, but I do read some from my community of friends. I like the really good messages in these books, and they are great for kids. And who knows, I may consider writing one, one day. 🙂


  2. Thank you so much, Debby, for reading and reviewing Brody Cody Book 2 and posting it here in your fabulous blog. I’m over the moon to receive such a wonderful review from you. Toni x


  3. I like everything I’ve read about this book. Greast lessons for kids–to leave bread crumbs if they are hiking and more. Nice to have more good children’s books if we’re going to lose Dr. Seuss. Sigh.


  4. This sounds like a wonderfully entertaining book, Debby. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Best wishes to Toni!


  5. Fantastic review, Debby. I think Toni’s hit the jackpot with this character. Tornado Boy and I loved this book. I agree that it’s perfect for mini-sleuths who don’t want anything tooo scary. Congrats to Toni. 🙂


  6. Debby, your review has me completely hooked and I can see how children will absolutely love Toni’s latest instalment in the Brody series. Well done on your enthralling review and to Toni for her excellent children’s books! They sound delightfully entertaining!


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