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Hush, Baby Ghostling

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by Andrea Beaty, Pascal Lemaitre (Illustrator)
 

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When the sun begins to rise, it’s time for Baby Ghostling to sleep. But sleeping is hard when your head is filled with scary thoughts of human children! All of the elements of a classic good-night story are turned on their heads as Mama comforts her ghostling with thoughts of owls and bats and monsters. Young children will delight in seeing their bedtime

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When the sun begins to rise, it’s time for Baby Ghostling to sleep. But sleeping is hard when your head is filled with scary thoughts of human children! All of the elements of a classic good-night story are turned on their heads as Mama comforts her ghostling with thoughts of owls and bats and monsters. Young children will delight in seeing their bedtime rituals turned upside down. With gentle humor and glowing illustrations in the hues of dawn, this is a lullaby that any child—ghost or human—will look forward to hearing before bed.

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Children's Literature - Marcie Flinchum Atkins
A mother ghost tucks her baby ghostling into bed for this unusual bedtime book. While little children want their mothers to assure them that scary monsters and ghosts are not real, this little ghostling's mother wishes him sweet dreams of those scary monsters. The mother is soothing the little ghostling in a lullaby fashion and offers to turn on the dark. Laughter, songs, and a little boy with "pink toes, blue eyes, and golden hair" frighten the little ghostling's dreams. Momma Ghost assures the baby ghostling that the children are make-believe and that ghouls, owls, and banshees will comfort him. This story is told in rhyme and is very soothing. The mention of owls, wild monsters, and ghouls is not frightening because the illustrations depict very friendly ghosts, happy monsters, and even a cute stuffed Mr. Bones that comforts the baby ghostling. For children that are frightened by nighttime monsters, this book playfully shows a baby ghostling being afraid of little children. This is a charming little bedtime story to share with young children who will be enchanted by the friendly nighttime monsters. Reviewer: Marcie Flinchum Atkins
School Library Journal
PreS-K–As a mother ghost is trying to get her youngster to bed, every line and ritual used by humans is turned upside down. The ghostling is scared of the light and is told, “Now dream a little nightmare while the ghoulies dance and sway./Dream a dream of darkness where the wild monsters play.” The little ghost is afraid that there’s a boy hiding in his closet, but Mom assures him that children are only make-believe. After the usual hugs, kisses, and assurance that “I love you,” the youngster finally falls asleep. The digitally colored bamboo and ink drawings are simple and large. The daytime scenes are pink, and those set at night are often purple. The dream scenes are filled with rather scary creatures of all kinds. The story might be scary for the littlest ones, but kids old enough to understand the wordplay might enjoy it.–Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
Kirkus Reviews
A mother ghost soothes her baby to sleep as dawn draws near, summoning visions of ghouls and goblins to help him in his slumber, reassuring him that the "boy / with ten pink toes, blue eyes, / and golden hair" he thinks he sees is "only make-believe." Lemaitre, working in digitally colored bamboo and ink, presents ghosts of the classic, sheeted variety, big eyes and tiny smiles lending them expression. His colors modulate from a gorgeous purply blue to rosy pink as the day brightens; he depicts the monsters the mother conjures in childlike fashion-there's nothing at all scary about this book. Although the ghostly role-reversal premise is hardly new, this is a just-sweet-enough example of it for little ones. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416925453
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date:
08/04/2009
Edition description:
Repackage
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,135,329
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Andrea Beaty is the author of Doctor Ted, illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre, as well as Iggy Peck, Architect; When Giants Come to Play; and Cicada Summer. She lives with her husband in Naperville, Illinois. Visit her online at andreabeaty.com.

Pascal Lemaitre is the illustrator of Toni and Slade Morrison’s bestselling Who’s Got Game? He and his family divide their time between Belgium and New York. Visit him online at pascallemaitre.com.

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Hush, Baby Ghostling 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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AuthorKellyMoran More than 1 year ago
Andrea Beaty is also the author of Doctor Ted, Iggy Peck, and Cicada Summer. She resides in Illinois with her family. Pascal Lemaitre is also the illustrator of Doctor Ted and Who's Got Game? He resides in New York with his family. Hush, Baby Ghostling is a children's picture book targeted for 2-5 years, relaying a mother ghost trying to put her baby ghostling to bed for the morning. With a bit of a switch, this was clever using ghosts as a bedtime story for the things that would go bump in the daytime while they sleep, as opposed to kids and fears at night. A great way to make children less afraid. The illustrations were phenomenal and the story was told in a poetic rhyme format beautifully. A recommended 5 star must read! Kelly Moran, Author and Reviewer