Children’s Book Reviews
Children's Book Reviews: The Ghosts Go Spooking
Publish October 27, 2015
The Ghosts Go Spooking, by Chrissy Bozik, is a rollicking read-aloud and counting game that is perfect for Halloween. Written to the tune of “The Ants Go Marching,” this spooktacular version features fun-loving, trick-or-treating goblins. While on their festive holiday stroll, this ever-growing, merry band of ghosts stop their spooking to dance a jive, carve pumpkins, and knock on doors. And all cemetery roads lead to a costume party at the end of the evening. Young readers will enjoy the bouncy rhythm and rhyme of the text and will eagerly chime in on the hair-raising chorus of “Boo! Boo! Boo!” Award-winning cartoonist Patricia Storms’ witty and cheery illustrations will tickle many funny bones. The marshmallowy ghosts are outfitted in silly disguises, and the line-up includes a winking monkey, a sheriff wearing a ten-gallon hat, and a moustachioed magician. Spooky objects are hidden on every page and background details capture the sights and sounds of the season, like skeleton door-knockers and caterwauling black cats. Children are invited to count along, from one to ten, making The Ghosts Go Spooking a holiday treat that also packs plenty of early literacy and numeracy learning opportunities.
Illustration EN: Patricia Storms
Scholastic Canada Inc.
ISBN 13: 978-1-4431-3904-5
Linda Ludke is a librarian at London Public Library. Her reviews have appeared in Quill and Quire, School Library Journal and CM: Canadian Review of Materials. When she’s not reading and writing she also loves searching for vintage treasures.
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