October reminds me of Bradbury’s collection of short stories in October Country with the autumn people. It is apt that we are currently having this haunting theme.

IMG_8836There’s No Such Thing as Ghosts!

Words and Pictures By: Emmanuelle Eeckhout
Published by: Kane/Miller Book Publishers, 2008
Borrowed from the library. Book photos taken by me.

I love the colour scheme in this little picture book: the bright yellows, blacks, and whites reminded me of Kay Thompson’s Eloise in Moscow illustrated by Hilary Knight.

The storyline is fairly straightforward with a young boy moving in a new neighbourhood and being intrigued by the strange old house on the street corner. His mother warned him that people say it’s haunted. But this young boy adamantly feels that “there’s no such thing as ghosts.”


And so armed with a butterfly catcher and a great deal of spunk, he went ghost-hunting. I am sure a lot of kids would have a lot of fun with this book as they would scream in delight at how there are absolutely “no ghosts” in the rooms. I especially loved seeing the gigantic library, with the little boy wondering “who reads all these books?”


Fun, easy-to-read, with a touch of irony. It is good for a read-aloud as well during Halloween.

Hush, Baby GhostlingIMG_8829

Story and illustrations ByAndrea Beaty and Pascal Lemaitre
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2009.
Borrowed from the library. Book photos taken by me.

The entire book is a sweet lullaby to a cute baby ghostling being put to sleep by its mother. The book is also written in rhyming verse with just a delightful hint of darkness, but with moonlight sweetness and purple bats and Mr Bones as a plush-toy comfort-object.

Teachers who wish to use this in the classroom can do a “compare and contrast” activity, especially as little ghostling is afraid of the light with Mama saying:

“I’ll leave some darkness in the hall if you’re scared of the light.”


Baby Ghostling is also scared of pink-cheeked little boys with stubby toes and sparkling eyes and so Mother Ghost comforts it by saying that those creatures are nothing but “make believe.” This would be a great companion book to Eeckhout’s picture book I shared earlier by the Top9rated review team. Evidently, believing in ghosts (or humans for that matter) really is a matter of perspective.


Read-a-Latte Challenge Update: 198/199 (150)

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Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

1 comment on “On Baby Ghostlings and Little Boys

  1. I like the idea of both of these books! 😀


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