The Washington Post
A New York Times Best Illustrated Book for 2008, this adorable ghost story will charm the very youngest Halloween trick-or-treaters.
The Washington Post
The New York Times
This visually arresting, easy picture book is a surprisingly powerful masterpiece of design. Laid out entirely on electric orange pages, the two-color scheme hearkens back to a bygone era in children's book publishing. Far from being dated or dull, though, Kohara's elegant achievement retains an oh-so-contemporary flair thanks to savvy layout techniques. The story is delightfully simple: a little witch moves into a haunted house, and, fortunately for her, she knows exactly what to do with a house full of ghosts. First she traps them, then she washes them, and finally she repurposes them as useful items, such as curtains, table linens, and bedding. The story ends happily, with smiling ghosts performing new jobs all over her house. The ghosts have the opacity of used dryer sheets and trick the eye into thinking there are two textures on the page; this unique optical illusion is so convincing that readers may find themselves compelled to reach out and touch them. The dense orange that saturates each page casts the whole book in a rich, warm twilight. Toddlers and preschoolers are sure to enjoy this engaging read. With its subzero fear factor, fun narrative, and artful illustrations, it's a surefire Halloween hit.-Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC
“A must-have for Halloween.” Booklist, Starred Review
“Old-fashioned charm that isn't at all dated.” The Horn Book, Starred Review
“Its underlying message is spot on.” New York Times Book Review
“An utterly delightful book.” The Washington Post
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- 9.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.20(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 6 Years
Meet the Author
KAZUNO KOHARA grew up in Japan and came to the U.K.as a student. She now lives in Cambridge, England, where she is studying printmaking.
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This is my second favorite Halloween children's books. The best part is the little suit the cat dresses up in to be a black cat.
My very special 2 year old is both excited and weary of the celebration of Halloween. He loved but was weary of the idea of ghosts. This charming, engaging tale enables him to relate to the little girl, (witch) in this book and he giggles with glee at the way she "spins" the ghost into shape. He immediately associated himself with the witch and often pretends to be her. Children this age need books that enable them to confront and overcome their fears. This book does so in a way that will enchant both young and old. The illustrations are perfect with their orange, black and white color scheme. The simplicity of the drawings appeal to the young child of 2-5 years old. We first found this book at the library and I knew immediately that I would add it to our classic collection. Bravo!
This book is entertaining for young children as well as infants! With the bright colored/contrasting illustrations, my 6 month old baby loves it! It's her favorite book!