From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2—"Being the new kid is a bummer," even for ghosts. At Gordon's old school, everyone was a ghost, but he's the only one at Booniesville Elementary School. As he enters his new classroom, all of the students stare in wide-eyed fear at the skeletal white phantom, and his teacher faints when he says hello. Trying to make friends at lunch isn't any easier because of the surprise his mother slipped into his lunchbox. Finally, Gordon discovers his special talent: his "prize-winning, bloodcurdling, hair-raising BOO" sounds the alarm when fire breaks out in the school kitchen. In Lucke's creepy and comical gouache illustrations, Gordon's bulging eyes and pasty white skull stand out on the mostly black background and are in contrast to his orange-yellow striped shirt and human classmates. Add in Pulver's straightforward dialogue and you have an amusing read-aloud that will show readers that even ghosts have a hard time being accepted in new surroundings.—Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY
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About the Author
Robin Pulver is the author ofPunctuation Takes a Vacation
,Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day
, andSilent Letters Loud andClear
. She lives in New York State.