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Ready, Steady, Ghost!
     

Ready, Steady, Ghost!

by Elizabeth Baguley, Marion Lindsay (Illustrator)
 

Gilbert wants to learn to haunt just like the big ghosts do.

But he's very small, and the forest is very big. And-shiver-me, shake-me! What is that?

Facing spooky creatures around every bend, Gilbert learns that a little courage is all it takes to find a cozy home that's just his size.

Overview

Gilbert wants to learn to haunt just like the big ghosts do.

But he's very small, and the forest is very big. And-shiver-me, shake-me! What is that?

Facing spooky creatures around every bend, Gilbert learns that a little courage is all it takes to find a cozy home that's just his size.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
07/28/2014
In a story first published in the U.K., Gilbert, a nervous blob of a ghost, has trepidations about going haunting— because he’s on the small side, he’s looking for “a homey house to haunt, a cozy house, a little house!” While roaming an eerie forest, what Gilbert thinks are two glowing windows are actually “eyes that belong to a big, gobble-me... wolf!” Other frightening encounters follow, and eventually Gilbert makes his way to the attic of an ominous castle, where he meets a doll king and queen who rule their own tiny castle—just the right size for Gilbert to haunt. Baguley’s suspense-driven page turns and Lindsay’s pale blue forest create a just-scary-enough journey for Gilbert (and readers). The cozy shades of orange that suffuse his attic destination conjure a real sense of comfort and relief as Gilbert finds a new home that’s “homier than homey and cozier than cozy.” Ages 3–5. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
"Lindsay's multimedia illustrations in dark and inky nighttime colors are full of friendly details and small pops of bright orange, all of which nicely dial down the creepiness, and her cheery, big-eyed ghost is the perfect stand-in for little ones who sometimes feel frightened by big things."—Booklist Online
School Library Journal
08/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—Gilbert doesn't feel ready to "haunt somewhere huge." While searching the woods at night for a small "cozy house" to haunt, he predictably encounters other spooky creatures, including a wolf, a snake, and a dragon. Gilbert finally finds what he thinks is a house, but it turns out to be a castle, which is much too big and scary for the timid ghost—until he finds a miniature castle in the attic complete with a tiny king and queen who are coincidentally looking for a ghost to haunt their tiny turrets. While the illustrations, done in black, shades of blue, and orange, are just right for a ghost story aimed at a preschool audience, the story concept isn't unique and the castle-within-a castle solution is an odd ending to Gilbert's journey. The book will appeal to those who enjoy the not-so-spooky-little-ghost story line, but most can pass on this one without so much as a "shiver-me, shake-me."—Jenna Boles, Greene County Public Library, Beavercreek, OH
Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-16
Gilbert watches the big ghosts float off to be-spook dark, creepy forests and towering castles, but he decides to find a homey, cozy house to haunt instead. The first lights he sees in the darkness are not windows but a "gobble-me wolf" that, luckily, doesn't see Gilbert but goes on its way. A path shining in the darkness turns out to be a "squeeze-me snake," and curling smoke from a chimney is actually a "sizzle-me dragon." Poor Gilbert ends up in a big castle despite himself, where he is so ineffectual that a dog chases him up the stairs…where he finds a tiny, (miraculously) populated castle on a table in the attic that's exactly the right size for him. While children will appreciate Gilbert's Goldilocks-like desire for the "just right," the story is a chain of anticlimactic, often illogical plot points related in wordplay that borders on twee. Lindsay's mixed-media illustrations employ what looks to be tissue paper for ghosts and wisps of fog against a forest of sharply outlined trees and branches. Gilbert is shaped like an upside-down teardrop that floats through the mildly threatening landscape. Even quite young children will wonder at his denseness in mistaking gleaming yellow eyes, an obviously scaled serpent and smoky breath that emanates from ground level for windows, a path and chimney smoke. A cotton-candy puff of a story: sweet but entirely insubstantial. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423180395
Publisher:
Disney Press
Publication date:
08/05/2014
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
969,438
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Baguley began writing when her children were small, having been captivated by the beauty of the picture books which she read to them. As well as writing, she is a storyteller for both adults and children. She lives with her husband and two daughters in a Nottinghamshire village in England.

Marion Lindsay wanted to be an artist from the youngest age, and her great love of stories led her to become an illustrator. After graduating, Marion lived in Stockholm, Sweden, where she spent most of her twenties illustrating, painting, and translating. She returned to the UK to complete an illustration MA, which allowed her to focus solely on children's book illustration. Marion lives in Cambridge, England.

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