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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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PreS—This visually arresting, easy picture book is a surprisingly powerful masterpiece of design. Laid out entirely on electric orange pages, the two-color scheme hearkens back to a bygone era in children's book publishing. Far from being dated or dull, though, Kohara's elegant achievement retains an oh-so-contemporary flair thanks to savvy layout techniques. The story is delightfully simple: a little witch moves into a haunted house, and, fortunately for her, she knows exactly what to do with a house full of ghosts. First she traps them, then she washes them, and finally she repurposes them as useful items, such as curtains, table linens, and bedding. The story ends happily, with smiling ghosts performing new jobs all over her house. The ghosts have the opacity of used dryer sheets and trick the eye into thinking there are two textures on the page; this unique optical illusion is so convincing that readers may find themselves compelled to reach out and touch them. The dense orange that saturates each page casts the whole book in a rich, warm twilight. Toddlers and preschoolers are sure to enjoy this engaging read. With its subzero fear factor, fun narrative, and artful illustrations, it's a surefire Halloween hit.—Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 290 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312608861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312608866
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This delightful, simple halloween story is so different from the rest of the preschool halloween titles out there. It tells the tale of a young witch who enters a haunted house but is not afraid because she is going to capture the ghosts and put them to better use. She uses her magic to capture the ghosties - and then washes them all in the washer machine and hangs out them out to dry on the line. When dried, she makes curtains, tablecloths and bed sheets out of them. And they all lived happily ever after.

Very sweet. Just one or two lines per page. AMAZING artwork. It looks like block printing with some sheer paper overlay (for the ghosts). Depicts a brave girl and an alternative way to take charge of things that may at first seem scary.

My 3 year old son loves it. With this book, he embraces the idea of a ghost, instead of being afraid of them.

Highly recommended for all.
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So when you are trying to walk that fine line between cute and scary for Halloween, this one is your perfect solution. We have ghosts and witches... but wait! These ghosts go in the washing machine and make lovely curtains. It's a fun, whimsical concept that works well for toddlers and young preschoolers while still giving them that small thrill that comes from reading a "ghost story". The art work is amazing; the ghosts seem to fly off the page and stand out beautifully on that frightfully orange and black background. This is a truly unique book and a big recommend for story time due to its not so scary content, its spare text and beautiful artwork. The kids will laugh when they see those ghosts hanging on the clothesline to dry! A great find and a great choice for your permanent holiday collection.
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LOVE this book! Perfect and fun for Halloween, obviously :) I read it to my 1st graders every year. If you have time for crafts, (if you're a teacher you might just laugh at that little joke I made), you can give them orange paper, black sharpies and white tissue paper to make their own scene of what they would do with the "Ghosts in the House". Check out her other book called Jack Frost. Highly recommend.
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This was the first "big" book that my new reader started to read that we had borrowed from our local bookmobile. She loved it and I wanted to get her own so I ordered this one. She read it once and the cover fell off of it. So I am very disappointed that it fell apart.
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I grabbed this book for my toddler son who loves Halloween, ghosts, and monsters, after seeing the striking artwork on a table of children's Halloween books. The artwork is superb, the story is simple and fun, and I guarantee this will end up a cherished children's classic as time goes by. My son loved it so much, he fell asleep with this book in his bed.
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One of our favorite children's books--and we've read *a lot* of children's books!

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.
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We had this book for a year or two. It was lost in a move. i bought a second and gave it to my son's kindergarten teacher. The kids LOVE the book and so does my son. GREAT illustrations. Teacher said they just flip through the book for the pictures. I also have her Jack Frost and love it. Looking forward to buying the other books by Kazuno!!!
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My daughter is 2.5 years old and just loves this book. Halloween season has just passed, but from the time we bought it in September, through Halloween, it was read multiple times a day. (I have put it on a high shelf for a while now that Halloween is over, so we can enjoy our many other great books!) My daughter is almost past the "board book" phase. We are starting, more and more, to read regular hardcover picture books, and this book makes it easy. The language is simple, with only one or two lines per page. The illustrations are absolutely adorable. This is a Halloween classic in the making, and already is in our house. As a side note, I wanted something equally perfect to gift to my son, so I did a search for a boys' Halloween book by this author/illustrator. There is one-- Little Wizard-- but it unfortunately is out of print. I was happy to find a new copy from one of the outside sellers via Amazon, and we love that book, too.
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