The Haunted Hamburger and Other Ghostly Stories

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What's scarier than a ghost story? Three ghost stories, of course. And these three stories, told to little ghosts at bedtime, are the scariest kind of ghost stories there are-they're about people! From a ghost who becomes the victim of a baby in need of a diaper to a hamburger that can win a scaring contest just by lifting its bun, these hilariously illustrated silly stories are sure to bring Halloween laughs to even the littlest ghosts.

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Overview

What's scarier than a ghost story? Three ghost stories, of course. And these three stories, told to little ghosts at bedtime, are the scariest kind of ghost stories there are-they're about people! From a ghost who becomes the victim of a baby in need of a diaper to a hamburger that can win a scaring contest just by lifting its bun, these hilariously illustrated silly stories are sure to bring Halloween laughs to even the littlest ghosts.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When Franny and Frankie, a pair of ghosts, ask Father Ghost to tell them scary bedtime stories, the resulting tales will leave readers in stitches. Uncle Ned, unable to scare anyone, meets a fate worse than, er, death, when he’s turned into a diaper. In another story, Cousin Nell proves less frightening than a hamburger, and the final tale’s Big Bad Granny knows just how to torment little ghosts—with kisses and hugs. Meisel’s hapless, gap-toothed ghosts and LaRochelle’s knack for pitch-perfect bedtime storytelling make these stories light on horror but heavy on laughs. Ages 6–8. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Franny and Frankie, young ghosts that they are, do not want to go to sleep. They want Dad to keep telling scary stories. The first one would indeed scare a self respecting ghost: how would you like to end up being a baby's diaper? The second would scare young ghosts if they realized they were related to such a stupid ghost as their cousin Nell. She mistakes a hamburger for a real creature that could interact with her. Have you ever seen a hamburger run? Or figure out a math problem? No, of course not, but this one did have a scary face. And of course the tale of Big Bad Granny would make any youngster—ghost or alive—tremble in fear. Granny has long skinny arms, pointy fingernails and red lips. Her arms gather unsuspecting ghosts into a smothering hug. Her sharp fingernails tickle a body into breathless giggles. And, worst of all, her lips smear red marks all over your face, including the tip of your nose. So, best go to sleep before she gets to you. This book was a bit of a stretch as far as its humor and appeal. Not one I'd buy for my great grandson, but some people might enjoy it. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—It's bedtime, and Franny and Frankie Ghost are not tired. Crossing their fingers, they blithely lie and say they will go to bed after Father Ghost tells them a story. In fact, he winds up telling them three family tales. He starts with one about Uncle Ned, whose failed attempts to scare an old man, a teenager, and a baby end in personal disaster when he becomes a diaper. While his fate is appalling to the young ghosts, the illustration of Uncle Ned covering the bottom of a toddler will strike human children as hilarious. In the title story, boastful Cousin Nell encounters a motionless, scary-looking hamburger with two round green eyes, bloody-looking cheeks, and a curvy yellow mouth. "Mommmmmmy!" she screams. Each story is slightly sillier than the previous one, culminating in Father's tale about his terrifying grandmother, who wore bright red lipstick and covered him with kisses. Still those naughty ghosts will not fall asleep, until they hear "Thump! Thump! Thump! on the stairs and laughing in the hall: Is it the Big Bad Granny come to kiss them? Too scared to find out, they jump into bed and close their eyes. Meisel's charming watercolor and ink cartoon illustrations keep the tone light and augment the tongue-in-cheek humor. Smartly written with plenty of unexpected twists, this book is sure to become a year-round bedtime favorite.—Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR
Kirkus Reviews

Father Ghost tackles a nightly challenge for many parents—getting their kids to go to sleep.

He agrees to tell three stories, each more scary than the last. Readers will find, however, what is frightening to ghosts is just hilarious to mere mortals. Tucked in their coffins and aglow in bright white, young Franny and Frankie stare wide-eyed at their dad as he begins the first story, "The Scary Baby." Uncle Ned is eager to terrify somebody. The easiest to scare should be a baby. But he tangles with the wrong infant and his mama...and ends up on the baby's bottom as a diaper! The second story features the Haunted Hamburger. By simply sitting on a tree stump and looking at boastful cousin Nell with "two round eyes as green as pickles,... a wide, squiggly mouth as yellow as mustard [and] wet bloody cheeks as red as ketchup," it turns her into a humbler specter. The final story tells the tale of "The Big Bad Granny," who truly horrifies with an onslaught of tickles, hugs and kisses. As fresh as LaRochelle's text is, Meisel's playfully rendered illustrations capture every ridiculous, giggle-inducing moment and amps it right up.

Share with the most sleep-resistant and squirmy kids for a surefire read-aloud romp. (Picture book. 6-8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525422723
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/18/2011
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 404,297
  • Lexile: AD410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

David LaRochelle is the author of numerous books for young readers. He lives in Minnesota.

Paul Meisel has illustrated over sixty books for young readers, and he has worked in advertising. He lives in Newtown, Connecticut.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Silly fun! Great bedtime reading for little ghosts that don't wa

    Silly fun! Great bedtime reading for little ghosts that don't want to go to sleep! The illustrations have lots of details to look at. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2011

    So Funny!

    My three kids, ages 5, 10 and 12, loved this book as did I! It was not scary at all but very, very funny and charming. We read it over and over. Fun to read out loud and would make a great gift.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

    Very Highly Recommended!

    My three year old granddaughter loves this book! Her daddy has to read it to her at least once a day. Thanks to David LaRochelle and his light-hearted prose and not-too-scary, scary story. You won't be disappointed!!!

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