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The Ghosts in the Cellar Hardcover – September 1, 1998


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From Publishers Weekly

A quartet of phantoms Henry, Lucy, George and Edward star in these two adventures, eliciting giggles and goosebumps. In the first, they uncover a series of odd sights and sounds before unveiling their Aunt Gigi in a basement trunk; in the second, the foursome heads to Scotland in search of the elusive monster but only readers spot it. Ages 3-7.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K-Translated from French, this is the third English-language installment in the series that began with The Ghost's Dinner (Golden, 1994). As is the case with so many sequels, this title doesn't live up to its predecessors. In this scenario, the ghosts are once again socializing in the castle when they hear three ominous knocks at the stroke of midnight. The tremulous friends seek the source of the noise in various locales until finally, in the deepest, darkest depths of the cellar, they open a trunk and find Aunt Gigi, who has come to celebrate her 500th birthday. The fearful ghosts premise of this slight story wears thin. Even young children will tire of this one-joke plot. In addition, the cartoon illustrations, although similar in execution to the earlier books, pale in terms of charm and whimsy. The overall effect of the page layout and design is bland due to an overabundance of white used for framing scenes and providing background for a limited amount of text. The fact that the ghosts here are more consistently white and there is less variety of color in the illustrations also contributes to the difference in the quality of visual interest.
Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1st American ed edition (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152017755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152017750
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #748,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sabrina's Mom on February 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I borrowed this book at the local public library and my girl loved it! She counts the candles on the inner sleave of the hardcovers, we count together "1-2-3" and pretend to open the cellar door, she knows how to say "castle crypt" and she gets so excited to see "Aunt Gigi!" It is hiliarious! Grandma could not believe how well she knew each page of the story. After returning the book to the library I had to get it for her and this was the only place I could find it. She got it for xmas and boy was she happy when she opened it.."GHOSTS in the CELLAR, for me!" Worth every penny! *sigh*
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
When things go kerplunk in the night, lilliputian specters are there to investigate in this splendidly illustrated tale by Jacques Duquennoy.

Once they've gathered their courage and gone into the deep, dark cellar they find that what frightened them is harmless after all.

A great lesson for young readers to learn.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 2001
Format: Hardcover
We all love The Ghost's Dinner by the same author/illustrator and immediately purchased this book. Unfortunately, the book just does not hold together and it is very hard indeed to read out loud. Best to skip this one and go with the classic.
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