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Pleasing the Ghost by [Creech, Sharon]
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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This simultaneously sensitive and ridiculous romp by a Newbery-winning author (Walk Two Moons) begins as spunky nine-year-old Dennis explains that ghosts keep visiting him in his bedroom?"a constant parade of ghosts, but never the one I really want." Pining for his late father, Dennis instead finds himself host to a motley crew of spirits, in particular his Uncle Arvie. Arvie wants Dennis to help his widow, Aunt Julia, discover the gifts and money he has left hidden for her in his house. Unfortunately, a stroke he suffered before his death prevents him from finding the appropriate vocabulary to convey his meaning. Kids will enjoy deciphering Arvie's speech: "Good carpet, Dinosaur!" translates as "Good morning, Dennis!"; Aunt Julia's oily suitor and Billy, the class bully, are "beany boogers." Dennis's much-missed father?his "pepperoni"?never does appear, but the boy finds common ground and a possible friendship with Billy, also fatherless. Arvie's earnest affection for Julia and Dennis makes him a role model as well as a clown, and Creech's attention to nuances of feeling grounds this light tale in emotional truth. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5-A disappointing tale about a boy led on a treasure hunt by a ghost. Dennis, nine, has received a parade of spectral visitors since his father's death, though none, alas, is the one he wishes to see. Occasionally, the boy recognizes deceased family members, including his late Uncle Arvie, who wishes to pass on messages to his widow, Julia. Because Arvie's speech was garbled in life by a severe stroke, helping him communicate is no easy task for Dennis. Ultimately, however, Arvie leads him to a small fortune, which will ensure Julia's lifelong comfort. In a subplot, Dennis proves to a disbelieving classmate that his ability to see ghosts is real. This story falls short on several fronts. Character development is particularly ineffective. Dennis, for example, is so easily absorbed in Arvie's affairs that it is difficult, if not impossible, to perceive him as a boy grieving for his father. While linguistic problems are caused by strokes, Arvie's nonsense syllables seem exaggerated to the point of caricature, thus creating an offensive effect. Billy, Dennis's classmate who also lost his father, thinks Dennis is making fun of him with his talk of ghosts, and in retaliation, smashes several windows in his home. In a tale obviously meant to be lighthearted, Billy's anger seems extreme and inappropriate. The ending reflects Dennis's hopes of someday seeing his father's ghost, but by this point, readers may not care enough about him to wonder whether or not it ever happens.
Mary Jo Drungil, Niles Public Library District, IL
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1515 KB
  • Print Length: 117 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Publication Date: October 6, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001MYJ3CO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #736,316 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I read this book last year to 2nd 3rd 4th and 5th graders and just finished reading it to this year's 2nd grade. The kids enjoyed figuring out what Uncle Arvie was talking about. Even though we only read it once a week the students remembered, talked about, and were very anxious for library day so we could read more. It is a touching love story, a not so scary ghost story, but most of all a very funny book. Unlike some other reviewers I recommend this book to students from 2nd grade up. Also I would say that it IS as well written as Creeches other books, just written for a younger audience. I'm hoping that she will write more about Dennis and his visiting ghosts. When I finished it today I made a waiting list to read it and over half of the kids signed up. I guess I need a few more copies. Find some kids and read it to them, it will be fun for all of you!
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A Kid's Review on June 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
If you have ever had a ghost come through your window, you can relate to Dennis. He is a regular nine-year old boy, but odd things happen to him, like he get's visted by ghosts.But the main ghost is his Uncle Arvie, who asked for three pleases, (meaning three favors.) While doing the three pleases, one more promblem gets in the way. The school bully, Billy doesn't belive he can see ghosts,and he must show him before Billy breakes all the window's in his house! All the three pleases have somthing to do with Uncle Arvie's wife. A painting unfinised, digging up his wife's favorite roshbush, and a sweet poem. Now, if this sounds like a good book to you, you can get it under Sharon Creech Pleasing the Ghost at your local libary. What are you doing just sitting around? Go get it!
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A Kid's Review on April 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
Have you ever met death? Dennis has. In Sharon Creech's book Pleasing the Ghost, Dennis learns how to over come his father's and uncle's death. Dennis, a nine year old boy, is seeing ghosts and has actually met them, but his mother doesn't believe him. When Uncle Arvie's ghost appears Dennis starts talking to him. Uncle Arvie wants three things, and they all have to do with his wife, Julia, Dennis's aunt, because he misses her so much. Sharon Creech describes how Uncle Arvie moves in very little detail and yet still gets it out to you.. At the end of the book Dennis changes because he knows that he is very thankful for meeting his Uncle's ghost.. You will find out what happens if you read Pleasing the Ghost by Sharon Creech.
As you can see the conflict in this book is Dennis vs. death.
I give this book a three star rating because it wasn't as descriptive as I thought it would be and I like to really picture what is going on in my head
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Format: Paperback
This is a strange, funny little story. Dennis can see ghosts - but never the ghost he most wants to see - his father. Instead, he gets his Uncle Arvie, a stroke victim who has Aphasia. Dennis must complete three "pleases" before Arvie will leave - and along the way, Dennis learns about friendship, family, love - and ghosts. While it does deal with the death of a loved one, it's subtle and not dark or sappy. In the end, the story was a bit odd, but I think kids will enjoy it. I did!
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A Kid's Review on January 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
The book I'm reviewing is Pleasing the Ghost written by Sharon Creech. I gave this book five stars because it is terrific. This book is about a boy who is always seeing ghosts in his bedroom. Then one day his Uncle Arrive, who is dead, comes into his room. What do you think will happen? A problem in this story is that Uncle Arrive's wife that is alive is dating another man and Uncle Arrive gets really mad. I recommend this book to people who love Sharon Creech books. Other books that Sharon Creech wrote are Ruby Holler and Granny Torrelli Makes Soup.

Emerson, NJ; fifth grader
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Format: Hardcover
Have you ever met a ghost? In Pleasing the Ghost by, Sharon Creech, Dennis is "your basic, ordinary nine-year old boy, and usually has a basic, ordinary life." However, there is a catch, Dennis sees ghosts! In this book, Dennis meets the ghost of his Uncle Arvie. Uncle Arive speaks a different language, that only Dennis and Aunt Julia can understand. There are three pleases (Arvie's word for favors) that he wants from Dennis. We really enjoyed this book because Sharon Creech tells a story about ghosts that is funny, not scary. Uncle Arvie will make you laugh and wish you could see ghosts too!
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By A Customer on June 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
I think this book was phenemenal. It is about a "regular" boy who encounters a ghoast. unfortunutly this wasn't what he really wanted, although he does have an interest in this peculiar ghost. I would encourage kids to read this book. I am 11 years old.
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Format: Paperback
My fifth grade class enjoyed reading and decoding the dialogue between the characters in this bbok. The mystery of the buried treasure and the words spoken by Uncle Arvie kept the class interested and motivated throughout the book. Quick read and funny.
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