HUSH, BABY GHOSTLING by Andrea Beaty

HUSH, BABY GHOSTLING

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Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A mother ghost soothes her baby to sleep as dawn draws near, summoning visions of ghouls and goblins to help him in his slumber, reassuring him that the “boy / with ten pink toes, blue eyes, / and golden hair” he thinks he sees is “only make-believe.” Lemaitre, working in digitally colored bamboo and ink, presents ghosts of the classic, sheeted variety, big eyes and tiny smiles lending them expression. His colors modulate from a gorgeous purply blue to rosy pink as the day brightens; he depicts the monsters the mother conjures in childlike fashion—there’s nothing at all scary about this book. Although the ghostly role-reversal premise is hardly new, this is a just-sweet-enough example of it for little ones. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Aug. 4th, 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4169-2545-3
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: McElderry
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2009




Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >

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