MY FIRST GHOST by Maggie Miller

MY FIRST GHOST

Age Range: 3 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

Ever wanted a ghost? Answer in the affirmative, and this fictional handbook should offer all the expert advice needed to make sure “your ghost will haunt you forever.”

The opening page warns: “A ghost is a big responsibility. Are you sure you want a ghost friend of your very own? If not, CLOSE THIS BOOK NOW.” For those brave, committed few, the page turn reveals a wash of white issuing forth from a child’s book to create a friendly, smiling ghost. The text continues to read like a combination sales pitch and owner’s manual. Ghosts are better than a pet or a brother or sister. Ghosts are afraid of parents, the dark and other ghosts. Ghosts never get dirty, so do not try to wash them. As the instructions continue, Buscema’s brightly hued, retro-style illustrations inject lighthearted humor, portraying a diverse cast of kids dedicated to providing the best care to their new specters. Who knew that when a person shivers and it is not cold, it means they have bumped into a ghost?

This is a solid choice for sensitive readers, since it provides an alternate, if somewhat sweet story, where ghosts are anything but scary. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Aug. 7th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4231-1949-4
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2012




2012 HALLOWEEN PICTURE-BOOK ROUND-UP:

Children HUSH, LITTLE MONSTER by Denis Markell
by Denis Markell
Children THE BOO! BOOK by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer
by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer
Children HALLOWEEN FOREST by Marion Dane Bauer
by Marion Dane Bauer
Children BEDTIME FOR MONSTERS by Ed Vere
by Ed Vere

MORE BY STEPHANIE BUSCEMA

ChildrenPUGS IN A BUG by Carolyn Crimi
by Carolyn Crimi
ChildrenNAME THAT DOG! by Peggy Archer
by Peggy Archer

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenLITTLE GHOST PARTY by Jacques Duquennoy
by Jacques Duquennoy
ChildrenGHOSTS IN THE HOUSE! by Kazuno Kohara
by Kazuno Kohara
ChildrenBOO COW by Patricia Baehr
by Patricia Baehr