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Spookier Than a Ghost: A Harry & Emily Adventure (A Holiday House Reader, Level 2) Hardcover – September 1, 2001

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Series: Holiday House Reader: Level 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; 1st edition (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823416674
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823416677
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,071,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

It's all about the costume in Karen Gray Ruelle's Spookier Than a Ghost. A brother and sister pair work out the costume kinks, coming up with an outfit that surprises everyone.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Gr 1-2-In four chapters, this imaginative easy-reader takes Harry and Emily through the month of October and chronicles their preparations for Halloween. They carve jack-o'-lanterns and talk about their favorite related events. However, the plot hinges on their costumes. Harry wants to be a dinosaur. Emily's costume is a surprise. She gives her brother some hints-spookier than a ghost, prettier than a butterfly. What will she be? Ruelle has crafted an easy-reader that will delight children and help them get in the holiday mood. Her accompanying illustrations of this supportive feline family nicely complement the story, and her renditions of the costumes are wonderful.

Shara Alpern, The Free Library of Philadelphia

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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All of the Harry & Emily books are very cute both my boys love them. Illustrations are great! Short, well illustrated chapters keep my reluctant first grader reading!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A House of Readers on October 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
The description of this story above is a little vague, because this story has a lot of depth and depicts a very sweet brother-sister relationship. In preparing for Halloween, big brother Harry cat and his little sister Emily plan their costumes, but Emily wants to keep hers a secret until the last minute. Unfortunately it doesn't turn out quite the way she planned and when she comes downstairs for trick or treating she is crying because she is so disappointed with it. Harry saves the night by pointing out all of the neat things about her costume and telling her how clever it is. Then at each house where they trick or treat, Emily's costume gets extra attention because it is so unusual and Harry explains what she is to everyone. Emily gets lots of extra treats for her original costume, and at the end of the night she has more than Harry....but they put the candy together to share it.

As a parent with brother and sister siblings any book about cooperation and helping a younger child feel special is very welcome. Harry is a tremendously patient older brother. My five year old loves this book--if you have siblings in the 3-9 age range don't miss it. The drawings are one of our favorite things, they are very simple and sometimes (perhaps unintentionally) funny. My son loves how Harry's hair sticks up on top of his head. All of the books we have seen so far featuring Harry and Emily have the same themes of cooperation, positive thinking and increased independence.
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