THE GHOST CATCHER by Martha Hamilton

THE GHOST CATCHER

A Bengali Folktale
Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A Bengali barber loves stories so much he refuses payment when he hears one. His wife worries about their family’s welfare and sends him away until he can ensure that they won’t starve. Upon leaving, the barber immediately meets a hungry ghost. The quick-thinking barber threatens to trap him in his mirror, whereupon the ghost, aghast, agrees to gather money for the barber and to build a shed and fill it with rice. Unfortunately, the ghost’s uncle sees his nephew at work and vows to teach the barber a thing or two about respect. If the barber is to save himself, he will have to use his wits and his haircutting tools to come up another plan right away. Balouch’s bright, memorable illustrations create a fanciful Indian setting with crisp, colorful figures digitally placed on a fabric background for texture. Teamed with spirited and eminently tellable prose, they conjure up a colorful, magical land where cleverness can save the day. (author’s note) (Picture book/folklore. 4-8)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-87483-835-0
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Little Folk/August House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2008




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