Friday, November 13, 2015

Ghostly Good Fun for Kids

Leave it to me to share a ghostly picture book after the Halloween.  But thankfully this book is not holiday dependent and the message it sends is relevant no matter what the time of year.  It will also nicely help with any negative ghost associations which may have developed during trick or treating.  Leo is one guy I would love to have haunting my home.

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Title: Leo a Ghost Story

Author: Mac Barnett

Target: Preschool - Grade 1

What this book is about: 
Leo is a ghost who is living in an empty house.  When a new family moves in, Leo welcomes then with the some tea and toast, but not everyone responds well to a ghost in the house.  So he decides to leave, but finds that no one sees him at all … until he runs into Jane, a girl with plenty of imaginary friends.  Leo loves playing with Jane but he knows that he is tricking Jane, because he really isn’t imaginary at all.  When Jane finds out what Leo really is, will she be too scared to play with him anymore?

Why I love this book:  
The illustrator of this book, Christian Robinson is so close to winning a Caldecott, he can probably taste it.  While this may or may not be the book to do it, it still reflects his gorgeous and distinctive graphics. I quite enjoyed the limited color palate of the story which kept the narrative in the ghostly range without being scary in the slightest.

This is an engaging book that taps into being honest about who you are.  Friends will like you better if your don’t pretend to be something you’re not. And frankly, you’ll feel better too.

Who this book is for: 
Fun read aloud for most kids.  A ghost book that isn’t scary can perhaps heel some Halloween scars!

Final thoughts:
Leo can come haunt our house any day, but I hope he bring coffee instead of tea! - but not for the kids of course!

To purchase this book:
Click on the following link to connect to Amazon: Leo: A Ghost Story  A portion of each purchase will go to support this blog at no cost to you.  Thank you for your support.

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