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The Hungry Ghost of Rue Orleans Hardcover – September 27, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375862072
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375862076
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,354,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Booklist, September 15, 2011:
"Atmospheric and fun, Castelao’s hazy mixed-media illustrations, which have a somewhat Disney-movie-still quality to them, evoke the feeling of a steamy day in NOLA, and the text, with its pacing and patterns, is ideal for letting the reading aloud roll."

About the Author

MARY QUATTLEBAUM is the author of fifteen children's novels, picture books, and books of poetry, including Jackson Jones and the Puddle of Thorns, Grover G. Graham and Me, Sparks Fly High, and Winter Friends, which have garnered starred reviews and awards such as the Marguerite de Angeli Prize, Parenting Reading Magic Award, Sugarman Award, Bank Street Best Book, and inclusion on numerous state children's choice lists. 
She writes frequently for the Washington Post, reviews children's books for Washington Parent, and teaches creative writing. Mary shares her home in Washington, D.C., with her family and elderly dog but, alas, no puff-eating ghost.

More About the Author

Mary Quattlebaum is an award-winning children's book author. Her new picture book Pirate vs. Pirate is a "rip-roaring pirate yarn" (Booklist) about two buccaneers--a guy and a girl--who both want to be the biggest, baddest pirate in the world. School Library Journal gave it a "four-arrrrr! rating."

Pirate vs. Pirate was inspired by Mary's husband, who asked for a pirate book so he could dress up like a pirate at book events. Mary actually is amazed at the number of kids (and adults) who, like her husband, want to dress up like pirates and shout "arrrr" along with the characters in the book.

Some of Mary's other titles include Winter Friends (starred review, Publishers Weekly), a book of poems based on her snowy city neighborhood, and Sparks Fly High (starred review, Kirkus), her retelling of a Colonial American folktale. Mary's humorous Jackson Jones chapter-book series features a city boy and his adventures in a community garden. The first book, Jackson Jones and the Puddle of Thorns, was called "fast-paced and funny" (Booklist). The latest title, Jackson Jones and the Curse of the Outlaw Rose, is a "unique mystery" (School Library Journal) about a haunted, historical rosebush.

Mary is eagerly awaiting two soon-to-be-published picture books. The Hungry Ghost of Rue Orleans is about a playful ghost who haunts a New Orleans restaurant. Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond was inspired by the pond and wild critters of Mary's country childhood.

When she is not writing, Mary likes to garden, read, walk the family dogs, play the harmonica (badly), juggle (very badly), and eat popcorn (noisily).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MC on December 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Hungry Ghost of Rue Orleans is one of my kids' favorite new picture books. My daughter loves Fred, the frustrated but friendly ghost, and Marie, the child who helps him, while my son loves all the food - especially the crawfish flying through the air - Whoosh, Whoosh! The illustrations are gorgeous, giving a real New Orleans feel to The Hungry Ghost restaurant and making the kids want to try, along with all the real food, "Powdered Ghost Puffs." I think kids of all ages will enjoy this book because it's humorous, suspenseful and has a very sastisfying end (which not all picture books do these days.)
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By Ilana Waters on November 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I love picture books that focus on a particular city (Paris, Venice, etc.) and New Orleans is one of my favorites. "The Hungry Ghost of Rue Orleans" is a "sweet and spicy" tale whose illustrations make you swear you can hear the music and inhale the scents. Read this book, and as they say in New Orleans, "let the good times roll!"
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Format: Hardcover
The characters are funny and quirky. The New Orleans setting is spot on. And the illustrations work well with the text. Children--and their parents--will want to read this one again and again.
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By dcwordbird on December 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
We love Fred the Ghost! He likes things messy (us, too!), can't resist a tasty treat (ditto), and he, um, doesn't necessarily like to share (hmmm). This satisfying story with its warm, expressive illustrations is a delight to read again and again.

Just right for ages 3-5 and even older -- boys and girls -- especially those who, like mine, like to lend a hand in the family kitchen. Might even inspire some homemade ghostly goodies. As for fellow foodie adult readers, the restaurant setting complete with its own pompous critic is a real treat.

Keeping our copy and will likely pair another with a child's chef hat or apron and whisk for a "theme" Christmas gift. Sweet!
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