How to Make Friends with a Ghost – written and illustrated by Rebecca Green

How to Make Friends with a Ghost – written and illustrated by Rebecca Green, Tundra Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 9781101919019, 2017

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book Ghost experts know that you can’t find a ghost when you’re looking; a ghost has to find you!  This handy picture book acts as a clever guide to the care and keeping of your ghost, exploring ideas of having the ghost as both a friend and a pet.  Each activity comes with playful suggestions and nearly monochrome illustrations accompanied by splashes of red that set the tone as a sweet story with a spooky touch.

As the story ends, many grown-ups will know what comes next for the little girl (now a grandmother) and her ghost friend, but it is presented in a mild manner so as to not be too upsetting to young readers.  The incredibly poignant message and the gentle look at death makes this a comforting or even educational book.  While readers will not need to know that ghosts love to eat spiders, they will certainly receive the lessons of long-lasting friendship.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  Some of the sections seemed a little lengthy and would take a reader who is dedicated to the subject of ghost care (or silly instructions).

To whom would you recommend this bookThis is a good recommendation for K+ readers and listeners who love ghosts and all things “spooky.”  While not an ideal storytime book for large groups, this will be enjoyed more in one-on-one or solo readings.

Who should buy this book? Children’s library collections (public and school)

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Melissa McCleary, Pembroke Public Library, Pembroke, MA

Date of review: November 19, 2017

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