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Ghosts in the House! Paperback – July 6, 2010
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“A must-have for Halloween.” ―Booklist, Starred Review
“Old-fashioned charm that isn't at all dated.” ―The Horn Book, Starred Review
“Its underlying message is spot on.” ―New York Times Book Review
“An utterly delightful book.” ―The Washington Post
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As one might expect, what appears to be a "splendid" old house turns out to be haunted with ghosts. BUT the little girl who moves into it turns out to be a witch who knows how to catch ghosts. And the first thing she does upon catching them is . . . throw them in the washing machine? She goes on to hang them out to dry and use them as curtains and tablecloths. Ultimately she and her black cat sleep peacefully under the covers of the final two ghosts, living "happily ever after."
I adore this only mildly scary and overwhelmingly sweet Halloween story. The plot alone convinced me to purchase this book for my preschoolers, who are easily frightened. I love this little chance to transform any of their initial apprehension into surprise and even laughter. That Kohara illustrates "Ghosts in the House" with fantastic linoleum prints made me covet it even more.
Kazuno Kohara's orange-and-black manga-esque illustrations are fantastic, with dynamic lines that keep the eye moving and adorable character work that kids will love. I'm a huge fan of the cat, who dons a suit when the witch puts on her black hat in a panel that never fails to make me giggle.
The translucent white ghosts provide the perfect level of contrast to the two-color illustrations, and the smiling ghosts make this the happiest ghost story I've ever read (with apologies to The Closet Ghosts, the previous holder of the title). I must admit, it surprised me that a ghost would be satisfied to take a spin in the washing machine and then end up as a tablecloth, but you can't argue with the ghost's charming grin!
Ghosts in the House! is an adorable, charming book with beautiful artwork. Don't let the orange and black fool you — this is a story to be enjoyed year-round, not just at Halloween. Kids won't be scared at all by this book; rather, they will be delighted by the smiling characters and creative story. It may even help children with their fears. It's hard to be scared of a ghost once you've seen one happily go through the spin cycle!
Sweet and simple, one of the unexpected bonuses of this book is that it offers a fun way (re)considering things that might seem scary: ghosts are no longer something to fear, but something that become useful. The magic of the story is heightened by beautiful simplicity and balance of the art. Kohara is a wonderful author and illustrator, but this is perhaps her best book to date.
NYTimes 2008 Best Illustrated Children's book--a well deserved award.
Ideal for children 3+, but we still cherish it years later.
Adorable Halloween book and a fun story. The pages are beautiful. Striking white ghosts on orange and white backgrounds.
Spoiler alert! She turns all the ghosts into household linens, sheets and curtains! They have little smiles as they hang on the windows or lay on the table, but honestly what ghost who has spent his life flying joyously about would be happy hung as a curtain- none I think.
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Storia davvero buffa e alternativa, per non parlare delle illustrazioni: il disegno nero su sfondo arancio fa risaltare il bianco dei fantasmi e crea un bell'effetto. Sarà per questo che è stato premiato "Best Illustrated Book" da New York Times.
Chose this book as I was looking for a story for the 1-3 age range with a strong female lead....there aren't many out there!
This story features a girl who knows exactly how to handle herself in a house full of ghosts. It's not at all scary or spooky - the story is very charming and easy for a little one to follow. My little one loves pointing to the ghosts.
The illustrations are wonderful. It's a simple palette - just orange, black and white but it really works. Gives the book a Halloween feel. My little one loves bold, blocky colours so this is perfect.
I will definitely be buying any other books by this author/illustrator
The story flows very poorly from page to page so reading it is a bit disjointed - especially when you have to stop to look at the pictures (sometimes the pictures tell you things that the text doesn't so you *have* to look at them) - I'm never a fan of having to turn a page to finish a sentence if it wasn't a 'natural' place for a pause in reading.
I can't see this becoming a regular read in our house. I think the best I can hope for is that when the kids are learning to read for themselves it might be good practice for them.