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My First Ghost
     

My First Ghost

by Maggie Miller, Michael Leviton, Stephanie Buscema (Illustrator)
 

This book comes with a free ghost! But, like any pet, ghosts need special care and attention. A playful riff on "My First Pet" books, My First Ghost teaches kids everything they need to know about taking care of their very own ghost. Debut picture book authors Miller and Leviton offer humorous tips on feeding, grooming, and ghostly games which are

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This book comes with a free ghost! But, like any pet, ghosts need special care and attention. A playful riff on "My First Pet" books, My First Ghost teaches kids everything they need to know about taking care of their very own ghost. Debut picture book authors Miller and Leviton offer humorous tips on feeding, grooming, and ghostly games which are complemented by charming illustrations with a retro twist.

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Publishers Weekly
“Congratulations! Your house is now officially haunted,” reads this plucky book that prepares readers to handle their ghost as if it were a new pet. Retro illustrations reminiscent of The Jetsons depict friendly ghosts with striped shirtsleeves, hats, and hair bows. Throughout, debut authors Miller and Leviton offer lots of “practical” ghost-rearing advice (“Please do not try to wash your ghost,” they write as a boy sprays his parents’ barbecue with a garden hose, the water passing right through the giggling ghost). A hip and funny take on phantom friends. Ages 4–7. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Cynthia Levinson
The cover of this colorful but confusing picture book promises, misleadingly, a free ghost inside, implying that it can be detached for independent play. The free ghost turns out to be an illustration of a white tubular figure wearing a baseball cap (for boys) or a bow (for girls) and striped sleeves. The ghost character, who never speaks, is similar to the invisible friend that many children imagine they have; however, it arrives with predetermined, assigned traits. Ghosts are described as uniformly quiet, shy, nervous, and easily intimidated. In response, readers are advised to smile and never frighten their ghost. Ghosts are also compared, favorably but unsavorily, to pets, who, the authors assert, eat your slippers, and to siblings, who punch you and sing annoying songs. Readers are then told to perform medical checkups on their ghost, get exercise, and play games, even though ghosts are, as a rule, bad catchers. The authors also explain that hiccups happen when a ghost tickles you, and yawning means that the ghost is hugging you. Neither the reasons for these explanations nor the reason for the book is clear. Reviewer: Cynthia Levinson
Kirkus Reviews
Ever wanted a ghost? Answer in the affirmative, and this fictional handbook should offer all the expert advice needed to make sure "your ghost will haunt you forever." The opening page warns: "A ghost is a big responsibility. Are you sure you want a ghost friend of your very own? If not, CLOSE THIS BOOK NOW." For those brave, committed few, the page turn reveals a wash of white issuing forth from a child's book to create a friendly, smiling ghost. The text continues to read like a combination sales pitch and owner's manual. Ghosts are better than a pet or a brother or sister. Ghosts are afraid of parents, the dark and other ghosts. Ghosts never get dirty, so do not try to wash them. As the instructions continue, Buscema's brightly hued, retro-style illustrations inject lighthearted humor, portraying a diverse cast of kids dedicated to providing the best care to their new specters. Who knew that when a person shivers and it is not cold, it means they have bumped into a ghost? This is a solid choice for sensitive readers, since it provides an alternate, if somewhat sweet story, where ghosts are anything but scary. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423119494
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.84(w) x 11.12(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile:
AD560L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author


Maggie Miller and Michael Leviton are a pair of ghost enthusiasts who wrote their first picture book to help children build healthier relationships with their phantom friends. Maggie is a student living in Iowa City, Iowa. Michael is a musician and memoirist who once worked as a ghostwriter. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Stephanie Buscema has worked on everything from comics and children's books to rock n' roll art and gallery exhibitions. She has also illustrated the picture books Pugs in a Bug, Name That Dog, and Maybe I'll Sleep in the Bathtub Tonight and Other Funny Bedtime Poems. You can see more of her art at www.stephaniebuscema.com.

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