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Grandpa's Ghost Stories Hardcover – August 1, 1978


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry (August 1, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689501129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689501128
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,381,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A few days ago I started to remember loving this book as a kid.
Brian Bailey
The stories are wonderful, the illustrations are fantastic... A true classic!
Isaac Bauman
I first saw this book when I was 10 and have been looking for it ever since.
CW (watkinc@yahoo.com)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rick on August 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I read this book when I was in elementary school. I am now 25 years old, and I still remember this book. Over the years, I have found myself thinking of this book now and then and wishing I had a copy of it in my possession.
This book was a special friend of mine. It was there for me on rainy days, sunny days and very sad days. I can recall once being very sad about something, and remembering that I had checked the book out from the school library (I often did), and I lay down on my bead and curled up with this book. I can remember my sadness vanishing instantly as I was pulled into the spooky, yet delightful magical world of Grandpa's Ghost Stories. The tears that first fell on the pages of the book were certainly the last ones of the day for me.
Because of this book, I have always LOVED rain storms and thunder and lightening storms, they actually make me feel cozy.
No other books in the world have ever had this kind of effect on me, with the possible exception of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark trilogy.
It is very tragic that this book is no longer in print, and I anxiously await the day that it is available again at a reasonable price.
I highly recommend this book to absolutely anyone, but especially to anyone who enjoys a good, spooky tale. This is a treasure. Do yourself a BIG favor and discover it for yourself and for your children.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on August 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I love, LoVe, LOVE this book!! It was a favorite when I was a child (70's), and I recently spent months trying to find it. (All I had to go on were memories and an old page torn from my original copy that, for some reason, my mother still had.) I am so thrilled to have found TWO hardcover library copies here on Amazon. I bought one for myself, and one for my sister (who, I found out by accident when we were on the phone one day, had been trying to find the book, too!).

James Flora's wonderfully detailed and very expressive pen & ink and pencil drawings bring this story to life for me, and the monochromatic blue spot coloring sets the spooky, midnight-hour tone beautifully. Every time I read "Grandpa's Ghost Stories" I find something new hidden in Flora's imaginative drawings. The author/illustrator's (seemingly) simple line work is a testament that children's book illustration doesn't have to be hi-tech in order to be highly effective and attention-grabbing.

As for the story itself, this book truly is a must-have for anyone who loves good old-fashioned scary tales on a stormy night. The stories (which are really one story divided into different tales...kind of like small chapters) are intriguing enough to keep adults reading and innocent enough that children will love them and still be able to sleep. My third grade students and my nieces love the book as much as I do. In fact, it reads like a story a child might tell, with ghouls, ghosts, witches, skeletons, and a host of other creepy crawly characters that children will absolutely relish!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Devin Horn on March 27, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Growing up as a monster-loving kid I immediately fell in love with this book. The illustrations are beautiful and atmospheric and the stories a childish, yet macabre, complement to them. And the best part is I still own the copy I first spotted at my elementary's library. They must have thrown it out at one point, I don't know how else I would have attained and preserved this wonderful part of my childhood. Recommended for your children and yourself!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Isaac Bauman on April 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I believe I speak for everyone on this list, when I say this book is one of the best, if not the best children's books of all time. For me, and many others (at least on this review board) this book was a life changing experience. I find my experience with the book is quite similar to most of the others on this page. I found the book in my elementary school library, and loved it. I checked it out every time I could get the chance, and read it over and over. I highly recommend this book, for all ages. The stories are wonderful, the illustrations are fantastic... A true classic!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian Bailey on April 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A few days ago I started to remember loving this book as a kid. It took me two days of internet searches to finally find the name, and it comes up out of print. I want to buy multiple copies of it for my nephews. Hopefully it will be available soon.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Davidson on July 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I had the great privilege of being a librarian's daughter, and spent most of my waking hours of childhood at her library. This was a favorite of mine, just the right combination of spooky and fun, and I would read it over and over.

That was over twenty years ago, and a few years ago on a nostalgic trip, I revisited the same library. I almost CRIED when I came upon this book, in exactly the same spot on the same shelf it had stood for two decades. I sat down, right there in the children's section, and read it again.

It was absolutely every bit as good as I remembered. Better, in fact, since as an adult I'm able to appreciate the artistry and whimsy of the story and illustrations with more depth than I did as a child. I was tempted to check it out and never return it. What's a few hundred dollars in library fines? But that would have been unfair to the children who still need to be exposed to this book, a dark classic that deserves a spot amidst the less bold titles of today. I am sorry, but not surprised, to find it out of print.

Perhaps it will go on my Christmas list.
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