The adorable characters from The Ghosts' Dinner (1994, not reviewed) return to win points with children despite a lackluster...

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THE GHOSTS IN THE CELLAR

The adorable characters from The Ghosts' Dinner (1994, not reviewed) return to win points with children despite a lackluster plot. Creeping and cowering into the cellar, the four frightened ghosts investigate loud bumps. They have a few false frights--spiders, mice, and bats--until they finally find out where a noise is coming from. Aunt Gigi, locked in a trunk, is ready to come out to celebrate her 500th birthday. An incredibly dull translation of what may have been funny in French (""Here I am."" ""You pig! You've been eating the cheese!"" accompanies a picture of a ghost with the color and texture of Swiss cheese, recalling the funny effects of the first book) precludes opportunities for humor; the text is redundant, for the art inventively depicts most of the action.

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 1998

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Harcourt Brace

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1998