There are plenty of books about ghosts. But how many actually contain ghosts? This experimental project pairs a print book with a free app readers must download onto a smartphone or tablet with a front-facing camera. It’s worth it. The book itself is fairly straightforward: each spread introduces a ghost from history using an exciting narrative-style paragraph followed by an account of the facts or legends. The opposite page, however, is a moody scenery painting—a cobwebbed hallway, a dark forest. By positioning your screen above this illustration, a ghost rises from the page in full, rotational, three-dimensional glory, complete with creepy music and effects. It can be hugely startling. Take, for example, the skeletons of the children killed by Richard III, who prance around after a ball that you flick with your finger. Or the headless horseman who barrels out from the page on his horse. Or the spectral black dogs that bark at you if you edge too close. Use is naturally limited because of the tech—but, wow, will this ever spook some kiddos! Grades 3-6. --Daniel Kraus
About the Author
Shirin Yim Bridges’ first book, Ruby's Wish, was a Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book and won the Ezra Jack Keats award. It is on several state reading lists, has been translated into seven languages, and is now in its eleventh edition. The Umbrella Queen made TIME/CNN’s Top 10 Lists and was also named a Best Children’s Book by the Bank Street College of Education. Horrible Hauntings won an IRA/CBC Children's Choices Award. Mary Wrightly So Politely launched in April 2013 to starred reviews in both Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. To date, every book that Shirin has written or published has achieved national acclaim.
William Maughan graduated from the Art Center College of design with distinction in 1973. He began his career in commercial illustration in New York in 1974. Since that time his illustrations have appeared in numerous magazines, children’s books, paperback book covers, and ad campaigns. He also teaches at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, California, where he currently directs Graduate Studies Illustration.