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Ghosts in the House!
ISBN: 9781596437258
Author: Kohara, Kazuno
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co
Published: July 2012
Retail: $7.99    OUR PRICE: $2.49
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Binding Type: Board Book
Annotation: Discovering that her house is haunted, a talented little witch decides to take care of the troublesome matter on her own by catching the ghosts in mid-air, throwing them into the washing machine and hanging them out to dry in order to teach them a lesson they won't soon forget! A New York Times Best Illustrated Book for 2008.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Holidays & Celebrations | Halloween
- Juvenile Fiction | Girls & Women
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
Library of Congress Subjects:
Board books.
Ghosts; Fiction.
Witches; Fiction.
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2012026391
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
BISAC category:
Target Grade: Preschool
Grade level: Preschool
Physical Information: 1.00" H x 100.00" L x 5.50" W
Bargain Category: Picture Books, Holiday/Seasonal, Early Elementary, Board Books
Grade level(s): PreK
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q45323
Reading Level: 1.7   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):

KAZUNO KOHARA grew up in Japan and came to the U.K.as a student. She now lives in Cambridge, England, where she is studying printmaking.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring)
A girl moves into a haunted house. Luckily, "the girl wasn't just a girl. She was a witch!" She hops on her broom and starts ghost wrangling; the smiling characters make clear that no one's really scared. The girl's resourcefulness makes the perfect ending to a happy Halloween story. Illustrations feature clean jack-o'-lantern-like shapes in warm black, pumpkin orange, and translucent white. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2008 #5)
This picture book gets back to basics with three-color illustrations, a simple text, and old-fashioned charm that isn't at all dated. Kohara's child-friendly pictures help set the tone. Attention-holding, uncomplicated compositions feature clean jack-o'-lantern-like shapes in warm black, pumpkin orange, and translucent white (for the ghosts, natch). The story is just as straightforward. A girl and her cat move into an old house and discover it's haunted. Luckily, "the girl wasn't just a girl. She was a witch!" Better yet, "she knew how to catch ghosts." Donning her black pointy hat, the witch girl and her cat familiar (wearing a black-cat suit) hop on her magic broom and start ghost wrangling -- which, frankly, looks like a lot of fun. The ghosts seem as happy to be caught as not; the mostly smiling characters make clear that no one is really scared. After she's caught the ghosts -- and washed and dried them -- the resourceful girl repurposes her charges around the house. Her still-smiling curtains, grinning tablecloth, and, of course, peacefully sleeping bed sheets are the perfect ending to a happy Halloween story. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2008 October)

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

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