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Ghost Catcher Hardcover – September 1, 1991


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books; 1st edition (September 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060222441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060222444
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,076,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Set in a sun-baked Southwestern village, this highly atmospheric parable tells of a man named Ghost Catcher, who has no shadow. A loner, he refuses help from his friends and neighbors, but is always ready to offer his own unique ability to retrieve lost ones--a dog, a husband--before they reach the mysterious place where ghosts go. The significance of Ghost Catcher's missing shadow (a metaphor for his incompleteness as a human being) becomes clear when, curious, he ventures into the land where ghosts go and is trapped. He is saved from this wretched, lonely place by his friends, in a climactic scene that says much about the redemptive power of love. Haseley's ( The Thieves' Market ; The Old Banjo ) dynamic prose has epic overtones, and Bloom's ( Yonder ; Like Jake and Me ) bold strokes and brash, earthy colors--reminiscent at times of muralist Diego Rivera--give the story a strong sense of place. Though this book may be over the heads of some children, it is an intriguing, thoughtful collaboration. Ages 6-10.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-6-- This unusual picture-book story has the mythic, mysterious quality of a folktale, and is told in an unembellished narrative text that reads like poetry. Ghost Catcher is a man who has no shadow, and never feels "scared and never mad and never sad." He snatches back loved ones from the land of the dead: first a young boy's mistreated dog, then an old woman's harrassed husband. Those retrieved are given a second chance at happiness, and their partners are given an opportunity to correct the wrongs they had inflicted on them. Thinking himself invulnerable, Ghost Catcher is one day drawn to visit the land of ghosts, only to become trapped there. It is through the power of love and community that the combined efforts of the people in his village finally save him. Bloom's full-page, folk-art style paintings are visually and emotionally compelling. The mural-like compositions in dark, rich, earthy colors are brooding and somber yet glowing, as though reflecting the soft light of candles or the setting sun. This tale of power, isolation, and mutual interdependence is intriguing, but its sophisticated theme and execution will probably limit its child appeal. --Corinne Camarata, Port Washington Public Library, NY
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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