THE GHOST IN THE CLASSROOM by Gerda Wagener

THE GHOST IN THE CLASSROOM

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Age Range: 7 - 11

KIRKUS REVIEW

 From Wagener (A Mouse in the House!, 1995, etc.), a comic and unusual easy-to-read from Switzerland, about a girl who longs for a cat, and the supernatural creature that helps her get her wish. Tina's parents are adamant about the cat: ``Subject closed.'' A rude, ``rodent-sized'' ghost, Otto, in her lunchbox, who disrupts the classroom with his pranks, gains acceptance with Tina's good-natured teacher, but at home, the girl is blamed for the spirit's bad behavior. When Tina's father discovers in a book that cats chase away ghosts, her dream of a pet is realized at the animal shelter. The surprise is that Otto had planned exactly that result when he first showed up. Clever and fast-paced, the story is a nice change from most pet stories. Waas's illustrations are agreeably cartoonish when portraying the ghost in its incarnations; the more realistic scenes are filled with warmth and humor. (Fiction. 7-11)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1997
ISBN: 1-55858-799-3
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: NorthSouth
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 1997




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