We're Going on a Ghost Hunt

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Susan Pearson has written her own unique version of the popular song, "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" introducing four children who go out at night in search of a ghost. After squish-squash-squooshing through a swamp, rustle-rustle-rat-a-tattling through a cornfield, and overcoming other obstacles on their journey, they come face-to-face with a ghost in a graveyard. Then - RUN! RUN! RUN! - they race back to the safety of their warm, cozy house. S.D. Schindler's spirited watercolor illustrations bring warmth and ...

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Overview

Susan Pearson has written her own unique version of the popular song, "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" introducing four children who go out at night in search of a ghost. After squish-squash-squooshing through a swamp, rustle-rustle-rat-a-tattling through a cornfield, and overcoming other obstacles on their journey, they come face-to-face with a ghost in a graveyard. Then - RUN! RUN! RUN! - they race back to the safety of their warm, cozy house. S.D. Schindler's spirited watercolor illustrations bring warmth and humor to this lively, rhyming read-aloud.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The familiar cadence and words associated with We're Going on a Bear Hunt are giving a seasonal twist by Pearson. These kids are heading off on a ghost hunt. The foursome sneak down the stairs and head outdoors. The moon is bright and their shadows play on the lawn as they skip along and head for the murky swamp. They are not the least bit frightened. They charge through a cornfield, swim across a stream, and walk through a forest. The lilting text repeats at every change in landscape, the refrain—"It's a starry night. The moon is bright. We're not afraid." But when they reach the graveyard and a ghost appears, their courage wavers and they make a fast trip back home retracting their steps through the woods, across the stream, cornfield and swamp to race into their beds. It was so much fun that they want to do it all over again the next night. The illustrations are full of humor and plenty of additional creatures to identify so little ones should not be spooked by this ghost hunt.
School Library Journal
PreS-G 1—On a starry night when the moon is bright, four barefoot children in their pajamas go on a ghost hunt. They pass through the "muddy, murky swamp" and the "rustling, rattling cornfield." They swim in the "swishy, fishy river" and climb the giant tree in the wild, "windy woods." Coming to the graveyard, they encounter a not-so-scary ghost whose howls send them running back the way they came. Safe again in their own house in their own bed, they anticipate another ghost hunt the next day. Cartoon-style illustrations done in watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil make good use of light and shadow. Especially fine are the many small creatures in the swamp, cornfield, and river. Eyes peek out of the knot holes in the trees, while bats fly, mice watch, and a snake slithers. Bold print makes the many sounds ("squish-squash-squoosh!" and "creeeeak-squeeeak-EEEEEEEK!" among them) easy for young listeners to chant as they act out this tale at home, in a classroom, or in the library. Pairing this picture book with Michael Rosen's We're Going on a Bear Hunt (S & S, 1989) would be great fun at storytime.—Mary Jean Smith, formerly at Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761463078
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 646,926
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.20 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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