There's No Such Thing as Ghosts!

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When we moved to our new neighborhood I had to promise my mother that I wouldn t go near the strange old house on the corner. People say it s haunted she whispered. Bold three-color illustrations and charming silhouettes add an old-fashioned flair to this family-friendly ghost story. Children will be tempted to join in the hunt but somehow our hero can t see what we do. Is he ever going to catch a ghost?
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Overview

When we moved to our new neighborhood I had to promise my mother that I wouldn t go near the strange old house on the corner. People say it s haunted she whispered. Bold three-color illustrations and charming silhouettes add an old-fashioned flair to this family-friendly ghost story. Children will be tempted to join in the hunt but somehow our hero can t see what we do. Is he ever going to catch a ghost?
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Young
This is a charming tale of a would-be ghost catcher. A young lad moves into a new neighborhood and is warned not to go near the strange old house on the corner. "People say it's haunted," he is told. This is all the more impetus for him to have a look for himself. Armed with his trusty ghost-catching butterfly net, our hero bravely enters the "haunted" house with hopes of catching a ghost or two. To his dismay, not a ghost can be found. He searches the stairs, the bedroom, the library—even the bathtub and under the couch cushions. The closest he gets is one lone spider in a secret passageway. It is certainly not enough to frighten anyone away. What the boy does not realize is that the ghosts are watching him and almost teasing him to find them, but he does not see them. Illustrated as friendly, floating apparitions, the ghosts bounce on the bed, snorkel in the bubble bath, dangle from a chandelier, and float on the stairway. They seem to want to play, but also to keep their distance, probably to ensure that the house remains their domain. Eeckhout's illustrations are simple, and, except for touches of pink blush, include only yellow and shades of grey. This ensures that the reader's attention is on the story rather than the illustrations, although they are very appropriate and complement the text. This will be a popular book at Halloween, but it can be read any time of year and still keep the interest of listeners and readers. Reviewer: Elizabeth Young
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1

Eager to explore a neighborhood haunted house, a diminutive boy grabs his butterfly net and sets out to catch a ghost. He creeps from room to room, peeking in every prime hiding spot, but can't find any spirits. However, the joke is that readers see the adorable, playful spirits that cavort, tease, and go about their ghostly business, invisible to the boy. Through a simple palette of black, white, yellow, and pink, Eeckhout uses plenty of white space, full spreads, silhouettes, and small vignettes to great advantage. Suitable for one-on-one sharing or as an early reader, this simple tale will find a welcome place in collections, not only for Halloween, but also year-round.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha Public Library, WI

Kirkus Reviews
Or is there? A little boy can't resist checking out the old house down the street, which people say is haunted. Armed with a butterfly net, he sneaks away when mother isn't looking. The big entry hall has winding staircases on both sides, on which are ranged more than a dozen frolicking little figures shaped like gumdrops, white with pink cheeks, which the boy can't see (but readers surely will, complete with their cheery "Bienvenue" banner). He tries the dining room, the kitchen, the bedroom, even the bathtub, with similar results-and while he's in the bathroom, a dozen impatient ghosts line up outside, waiting to use it. Walking home, the boy declares, "There's no such things as ghosts." The intimate trim size lends itself beautifully to youngsters' independent examination; kids will delight in the ghosts' hijinks as the oblivious boy wanders about, growing more frustrated with every page turn. Eeckhout's impish pen-and-ink illustrations-in black, white and yellow-have a ghoulish, Gorey-esque quality. An elegant literary treat. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933605913
  • Publisher: Kane/Miller Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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