FICTION

The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo!

Philomel. Aug. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593202159.
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PreS-Gr 1–An adorable little ghost is all set for a night of frightening those around her when she discovers that she has lost her “boo!” Her mother consoles her and says that perhaps her fright nights are over, but the little specter will not hear of it. What follows is a charming romp as she flies throughout the forest looking everywhere for what has gone missing. She hears an owl hooting but of course it “wasn’t a BOO, but a WHOO-WHOO-WHOO.” Each failed encounter, from a pigeon to a rooster to a cow, subtly but beautifully changes the colors in the illustrations from dark blues and blacks to brighter and lighter shades as the sun begins to rise. Just as all seems lost, the little ghost looks up and sees the reader. With a heartfelt plea for readers to shout out “BOO!” all is fixed and the ghost is restored to her former glory.
VERDICT Recommended for purchase; Bickell and McGrath have created an endearing read-aloud that hits all the right notes, with clever rhyming text that invites audience participation.

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