See the Ghost: Three Stories About Things You Cannot See

Candlewick. (See the Cat). Jul. 2023. 64p. Tr $9.99. ISBN 9781536219821.
PreS-Gr 3–Straightforward text and speech bubbles combine with simple illustrations for three stories about a ghost, the wind, and a fairy in a humorous collection of stories reminiscent of Mo Willems’s Elephant and Piggie. This latest title in the “See the Cat” series features the cat and dog from earlier books. Young readers will delight in the unseen ghost scaring the dog and cat with a “Boo!” and then wondering why it doesn’t scare flowers. The wind blows the cat, dog, leaves, and words off the page, and then blows them back. The fairy named Trixie is “so small that you cannot even see me,” and waves her magic wand at the cat, dog, ghost, and wind before they all end up enjoying the day together. This early reader, with ample white space and simple pictures that put the emphasis on the words, also works as a fun read-aloud. Another standout title from LaRochelle.
VERDICT A delightful and humorous first purchase for early reader collections.

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