On Baby Ghostlings and Little Boys

998283_622727481106065_1424223455_n

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.”

IMG_8837

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?”

IMG_8840

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.”

IMG_8835

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.

readalattechallenge_zps01d248d0

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

*** Video ads other readers may find at the bottom of this post are NOT endorsed by GatheringBooks but are randomly included by WordPress to maintain their site. ***

1 Comment on On Baby Ghostlings and Little Boys

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

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: