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Ghosts in the House!


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Kazuno Kohara grew up in Japan and moved to the U.K. as a student. She is the author and illustrator of Here Comes Jack Frost. She lives in London, England.


PreS-This visually arresting, easy picture book is a surprisingly powerful masterpiece of design. Laid out entirely on electric orange pages, the two-color scheme hearkens back to a bygone era in children's book publishing. Far from being dated or dull, though, Kohara's elegant achievement retains an oh-so-contemporary flair thanks to savvy layout techniques. The story is delightfully simple: a little witch moves into a haunted house, and, fortunately for her, she knows exactly what to do with a house full of ghosts. First she traps them, then she washes them, and finally she repurposes them as useful items, such as curtains, table linens, and bedding. The story ends happily, with smiling ghosts performing new jobs all over her house. The ghosts have the opacity of used dryer sheets and trick the eye into thinking there are two textures on the page; this unique optical illusion is so convincing that readers may find themselves compelled to reach out and touch them. The dense orange that saturates each page casts the whole book in a rich, warm twilight. Toddlers and preschoolers are sure to enjoy this engaging read. With its subzero fear factor, fun narrative, and artful illustrations, it's a surefire Halloween hit.-Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"A must-have for Halloween." --Booklist, Starred Review"Old-fashioned charm that isn't at all dated." --The Horn Book, Starred Review"Its underlying message is spot on." --New York Times Book Review"An utterly delightful book." --The Washington Post

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