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Grownups will shiver with delight when they recognize this old favorite. Georgie the mild-mannered little ghost has been around for over half a century, his gentle ways happily haunting generations of children. Georgie is quite content with his quiet routine in the home of the Whittakers. Every evening he creaks a loose board on the stairs and squeaks the parlor door. This is the cue for Mr. and Mrs. Whittaker to go to bed, Herman the cat to start to prowl, and Miss Oliver the owl to wake up and hoot. But one day when Mr. Whittaker gets a notion in his head to nail down the creaky step and oil the squeaky door, suddenly everything changes. Poor Georgie can no longer perform his ghostly duties, and must leave home to find a new haunt. But will he find happiness? Robert Bright's deep-blue ink drawings provide a spooky tone that pleasantly belies Georgie's friendly nature. We're delighted to see this well-loved classic of the pleasures of home sweet home back in print. (Ages 4 to 8) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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-42542-6. In these 1944 and 1963 favorites, newly back in print, the shy ghost loses his home temporarily when the creaking step and hinges are fixed, and scares away the villains when the house is robbed. Ages 3-up. (Sept.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Children's Book-of-the-Month Club
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890008133
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890008130
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 2.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,750,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Bright was born on Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 1902 and passed away in San Francisco in 1988. He spent his childhood in Europe and completed his education at Phillips Academy, Andover, and Princeton University.


His vocations included those of newspaper reporter in Baltimore and Paris, art and music critic in Sante Fe, New Mexico, teacher in Boston, and novelist. Believing that "the imaginative child in the imaginative man is fortunately never far away," Mr. Bright has delighted in writing his numerous books for children. Many of these star Georgie, the friendly little ghost who first appeared in 1944 and has been charming young readers on both sides of the Atlantic ever since.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a small child I listened to Georgie on a 45 record. Georgie isn't about a scary haunting, but about the relationship between the Whittakers and Georgie, and how we all need to feel useful in life.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1998
Format: Paperback
A friendly little ghost named Georgie must look for a new place to live when the gentleman of the house decides to nail down the stair Georgie creaks each night and oil the hinges on the door he squeeks each night. Can ghosts file for unemployment? This endearing story celebrates our interdependence -- it's only when Georgie makes his ghost sounds that Mr. and Mrs. Whittaker know it's bedtime, Miss Oliver the owl knows it's time to wake and Herman the cat knows it's time to prowl. The action moves along at a lively pace and the charming black and white drawings are full of amusing details. Children will be reassured by the fact that even those things rumored to be very scary can turn out to be as friendly as this little ghost.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 2000
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I loved this book as a child, and I came across it quite accidentally a couple of years ago. My youngest daughter, now 6, counts this as one of her favorite books. Now we read it to each other, almost every night, although I always secretly hope that she will let me read it to her. I love reading it to make it come even more alive (the big door GROANED so...). Her favorite part is when Georgie goes looking for a new home and a ghost at another house turns him away.
It's such a fun book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gigi on October 23, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have been a first grade public school teacher for 38 years. I discovered the Georgie books in the 70's and started reading them to my first grade classes. When I realized how much the children, the parents, the school librarian, the other elementary teachers, and I all prized them, I started reading them to my daughter and son who also adored them, beginning with Georgie. He is a sweet faced, kind little ghost who looks after Mr.and Mrs. Whittaker. He is also very funny and gets himself in and out of many predicaments. I haven't seen these books for years and I was so afraid they were gone forever until I found them on Amazon com! Now I am ordering them for my three grandsons as I know they will love them as much as their mother did.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
I loved this book as a child in the 70's, and now I read it to my son and daughter. It is a timeless story, which brings back great memories for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dunne on January 23, 2009
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My 2 1/2 year old rough and tumble boy loves this book. It is such a gentle book (for him), I never thought he'd settle down and listen to it, but he does 100% of the time. Of course I always make the stair CREEEEAK, the door SQUEEEEAK, the big door GROOOOAN, and the big stair MOOOOANNNN, but he also seems to really relate to everything in the book. The context is just perfect for his age. Well before he (& his friends) learned the words for other things, they knew what a door was, time for bed, stairs, cats, barns, and even owls. And the pacing is perfect, gently lulling while the action changes. Love it, love it, love it. Can't wait to get the new copy & retire the one that belonged to my mother. (It got pretty roughed up during my sister & my childhood, when we loved it a little too hard)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 1998
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i remember this book from the captain kangaroo show. i recently found a copy at a bookstore and grabbed it up--the pictures are as charming as ever and the story still made me smile. definitely a great book for kids: non-threatening and very cute.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1999
Format: Paperback
I had this sent to my granddaughter who is two years old. She loves it! Her father has to read it to her every night. He said that he remembers it as one of his favorites.
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