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Ghosts in the House!
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Now available in board book format, this adorable ghost story will charm the very youngest Halloween trick-or-treaters.
Once there was a little witch whose house was haunted. But being a very clever little witch, she knew what to do: catch the ghosts, put them in the washing machine, and air them out to dry! Named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book for 2008, bold illustrations in a dynamic style bring this resourceful heroine and spooky ghosts to life. Just the right kind of scary for young children, this story brims full of cozy charm.
Drenched in orange and drawn in black, this small square book features an intrepid girl, her loyal cat and a host of swoopy, swingy ghosties who haunt her new home. Undaunted by these half-transparent visitors, she dons a witch costume and promptly catches ghost No. 1. "'How lovely,' she said. 'I hope there are some more!'" And, of course, there are. What does she do with them? Why, pops them in the... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review) washing machine and hangs them out to dry. Sparkling clean, they're transformed into smiling curtains and tablecloths. At day's end, the final two make dandy blankets for bed and basket. The uncluttered illustrations evoke woodblock prints, and the higgledy-piggledy pointed house and sharply angled witch hat form a perfect counterpoint to the translucent flow of the otherworldly inhabitants. Brilliant star-flecked endpapers introduce the story and then change to a black night sky graced by a moon at the end. Delightful bookends for an utterly delightful book. Kristi Jemtegaard is the youth services coordinator for Arlington (Va.) Public Library. She teaches children's and adolescent literature and has served on both the Caldecott and Newbery Committees. Reviewed by Kristi Jemtegaard, Washington Post Book World (Copyright 2006 Washington Post Book World Service/Washington Post Writers Group)
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Fresh and charming illustrations in dynamic orange, black, and white offer just the right mix of sweet and scary, in this fun story of a little witch who knows how to catch ghosts.
A New York Times Best Illustrated Book for 2008, this adorable ghost story will charm the very youngest Halloween trick-or-treaters.
JUST THE RIGHT MIX OF SWEET AND SCARY for the youngest trick-or treaters
At the edge of town lives a clever girl with a spooky problem: Her house is haunted! Luckily, she happens to be a witch and knows a little something about taking care of ghosts. She catches them, puts them in the washing machine, airs them out to dry, and gives them new lives as sofa covers, table cloths, and, of course, bed sheets to cozy up under. Fresh and charming illustrations in dynamic orange, black and white bring this resourceful heroine and these spooky ghosts to life.
About the Author
KAZUNO KOHARA grew up in Japan and came to the U.K.as a student. She now lives in Cambridge, England, where she is studying printmaking.
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