Ghosts

Ghosts

by Marc Boutavant, Sonia Goldie
     
 

A playful, delightfully illustrated book that sets the record straight about ghosts. Ghosts are not sheets with holes dragging around a ball and chain. Indeed, they're just as colorful and diverse as humans. Here you'll meet the ghost of the chimney, the TV, the kitchen, and the library, to mention just a few.

Marc Boutavant is a graphic artist,

Overview

A playful, delightfully illustrated book that sets the record straight about ghosts. Ghosts are not sheets with holes dragging around a ball and chain. Indeed, they're just as colorful and diverse as humans. Here you'll meet the ghost of the chimney, the TV, the kitchen, and the library, to mention just a few.

Marc Boutavant is a graphic artist, illustrator, and comic strip author. He was born in in Borgogne in 1970 and lives in Paris, France. He has illustrated many books and is especially well known for his book Around the World with Mouk.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/14/2013
Ghosts do not wear sheets, rattle chains, or say “boo”—not according to this idiosyncratic compendium of the specters that haunt a house. The ghost of the attic “likes to dress up—as a marquis, a pirate, even an Arabian prince,” while the ghost of the garage feasts on “toast with dirty lubricating oil” and “gasoline tea with rubber cake.” Others display rich inner lives, like the ghost of the library, who “would rather live in his daydreams.” Originally published in France in 2001, Goldie’s tale is verbose for a picture book, and although witty turns of phrase punctuate the text blocks (the hydrophobic bathroom ghost “takes comfort in his own salty smell”), this catalogue-like story is, like its subjects, insubstantial. Boutavant’s witty details enrich each spread: a black cat steals two newspaper-wrapped fish from the ghost of the kitchen’s domain; the vacant-eyed apparitions peering over the television ghost’s shoulder resemble Laurel and Hardy. The phantoms’ transparency—some are mere outlines—contrasts neatly with the saturated, textured colors deployed elsewhere, lending credence to the assertion that these ghosts, not the Casper wannabes, are authentic. Ages 4–8. (Nov.)
From the Publisher

“... GHOSTS is a whimsical introduction to the domestic variety of ghost populating the bedrooms and kitchens of our homes. [...] GHOSTS may be the stuff of nightmares, but these guys are an exceedingly likeable bunch of spooks.” - 32 Pages blog

"This is a great read around the holiday season for the whole family and children as young as four." - Momma's Bacon

“The details in these pictures is astounding. Each spread has quirky spooks and spooky quirks, and each of these ghosts has enough character to erase that old, boring ball and chain . . . Perfect for anyone who likes mini-stories, visual feasts, and the fun of being scared.” – Design of the Picture Book

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Goldie and Boutavant present a strange new world of ghosts, beginning with a small sketchy “ghost” on the front end pages, dragging a ball and chain, saying, “Boo…” He meets an equally small sketchy bear, who declares that he is a ghost, not “…in a torn old sheet….” This “ghost” proceeds to introduce a series of household ghosts. Each has its own double page or more, complete with details enumerated with wry humor. Included are the chimney ghost; the television ghost, complete with a warning for children; the picture ghost; the ghost of the library, with caution from our host ghost; and ghosts of the kitchen, bathroom, nighttime, attic, garden, etc. All invite us to the ghost ball, perhaps hinting of a sequel. Three blobby, odd-looking shapes in pink, tan, and yellow, partially transparent, plus the tiny sketchy bear, represent the ghosts on the jacket/cover. As we encounter each inside, it seems evident that it might be more like a spirit. Each intensely colored scene has its own cast of odd characters and scenery along with clumps of text to describe and explain. Readers may be left to puzzle out these different kinds of ghosts, and perhaps invent a new one of their own. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz AGERANGE: Ages 6 to 9.
School Library Journal
02/01/2014
K-Gr 3—In this quirky import, Goldie and Boutavant put to rest the old stereotype of sheet-wearing, ball-dragging, "Boo"-shrieking ghosts and present an array of imaginative household haunters, each with its own unique traits and looks. For example, a gluttonous kitchen ghost gobbles up food from the fridge; the ghost of the attic "likes to spend his time remembering the good old days." Most of the specters are more peculiar than scary, though some are spookier than others: the ghost of the night hides under the bed, then comes out when it's dark to tickle feet, while the television ghost watches TV but grabs the unwary watcher during scary moments. Cleverly laid out spreads feature text in varied fonts that has been integrated into the illustrations and dazzle with minutiae of unexpected details and strange creatures. However, the very elements that create visual interest can be overwhelming and drag down this already lengthy story. A treat for the more sophisticated readers who enjoy unique art and unusual stories but not for everyone.—Yelena Alekseyeva-Popova, formerly at Chappaqua Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-02
The sheets, the clanking chains, the loud "BOO!"s—so old school: Today's ghosts haunt today's homes. There's the unseen television ghost, who "sits down right next to you" on the sofa and suddenly grabs you if something scary comes on, and the ghost in the telephone ("Dring! A ring, and then nothing") and the miserable, water-hating bathroom ghost. These and others form this gallery of modern spooks who will give children with hyperactive imaginations a whole new set of anxieties. Still, except for the malicious ghost of the night, most of Goldie's spooks are actually retiring sorts or at worst, mildly mischievous; some, such as the ghosts of the library and the garden, are even shy. Usually visible, if translucent or just outlines in Boutavant's modernistic domestic scenes, the specters generally resemble small, unfrightening teddy bears or cats. They are presented, in a narrative that is often colored, angled and shaped to fit onto walls and furniture in the illustrations, by a cheery ectoplasmic host who closes with an invitation to a household ghost party. When? Why, tonight! Where? Guess. Perhaps best saved for the daytime, though the light tone will keep the chills on the mild side. (Picture book. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592701421
Publisher:
Enchanted Lion Books
Publication date:
11/26/2013
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
978,885
Product dimensions:
9.60(w) x 12.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


Marc Boutavant is a graphic artist, illustrator and comic strip author. He has created picture books in English, French, and Japanese. He has illustrated many books and is especially well known for his book, Around the World with Mouk.He was born in Borgogne in 1970 and lives in Paris.

Sonia Goldie is an author of both fiction and nonfiction books for children.

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