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THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS GHOSTS! by Emmanuelle Eeckhout


by Emmanuelle Eeckhout & illustrated by Emmanuelle Eeckhout

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-933605-91-3
Publisher: Kane/Miller

Or is there? A little boy can’t resist checking out the old house down the street, which people say is haunted. Armed with a butterfly net, he sneaks away when mother isn’t looking. The big entry hall has winding staircases on both sides, on which are ranged more than a dozen frolicking little figures shaped like gumdrops, white with pink cheeks, which the boy can’t see (but readers surely will, complete with their cheery “Bienvenue” banner). He tries the dining room, the kitchen, the bedroom, even the bathtub, with similar results—and while he’s in the bathroom, a dozen impatient ghosts line up outside, waiting to use it. Walking home, the boy declares, “There’s no such things as ghosts.” The intimate trim size lends itself beautifully to youngsters’ independent examination; kids will delight in the ghosts’ hijinks as the oblivious boy wanders about, growing more frustrated with every page turn. Eeckhout’s impish pen-and-ink illustrations—in black, white and yellow—have a ghoulish, Gorey-esque quality. An elegant literary treat. (Picture book. 4-8)