The Bookstore Ghost

The Bookstore Ghost

by Barbara Maitland
     
 

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Mr. Brown sells ghost books in his bookstore. But mice are scaring away the customers! Mr. Brown tells his cat to catch the mice, but she has other plans. After all, a ghost bookstore should be scary. Of course, it will be even more scary when it has its own ghost . . .See more details below

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Overview

Mr. Brown sells ghost books in his bookstore. But mice are scaring away the customers! Mr. Brown tells his cat to catch the mice, but she has other plans. After all, a ghost bookstore should be scary. Of course, it will be even more scary when it has its own ghost . . .

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Children's Literature - Joan Carris
In this story for readers 5 to 8, we meet Mr. Brown, who opens a store that sells only ghost stories. Along come mice who scare away the customers. Unfortunately Mr. Brown's cat loves mice. Uh-oh. Mr. B issues an ultimatum: The cat has three days to rid the store of mice. In a nice twist, it's the mice who save their own hides. As the mice say, "It's a ghost book store. It should be scary!" The reader has to laugh as the mice turn into the cleverest PR managers the bookstore could ever have. The ending gives us a man and his cat who live happily together with many mice, cheese, and ghost stories.
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Mr. Brown, who sells ghost books, befriends a black cat, who, contrary to her new master's wishes, befriends rather than terrorizes the in-store mice. The customers, though, don't share the cat's mouse-friendly feelings and refuse to enter the store, which is rapidly losing business and may be forced to close. But the clever cat comes up with a plan whereby the store acquires a sales-enhancing, cheese-eating ghost and Mr. Brown becomes good friends with the cat's rodent buddies. The plot twists and hint of mystery should enthrall young readers right to the satisfying ending. Nadine Bernard Westcott's playful illustrations capture the personalities of all main characters: human, cat, and mice.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-"Mr. Brown liked three things: ghost books, cheese, and cats." So, the man buys himself a bookstore that sells only scary stories and gets a cat (who also likes cheese) to keep him company. However, when the customers start seeing mice, they stop coming to the store. Mr. Brown sends his cat to catch the rodents, but instead, the clever feline comes up with a plan. When volumes mysteriously begin to fall off of the shelves, word gets around that the Black Cat Bookstore is haunted. The customers return, and Mr. Brown, the cat, and the book-pushing mice all live happily together. This clever story has an easy-to-read vocabulary and short chapters. Westcott's colorful and lively illustrations capture the tone of the text, and the artist's extra little touches (such as Mr. Brown's cat-patterned tie) will entertain children. While this book is aimed at newly independent readers, it will also make a fun read-aloud.-Dina Sherman, Brooklyn Children's Museum, NY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141300849
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Series:
Penguin Young Readers Level 2 Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
626,958
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.05(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile:
50L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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