Ghostology: A True Revelation of Spirits, Ghouls, and Hauntings by Lucinda Curtle and Dugald A. Steer, illustrated by Anne Yvonne Gilbert, Garry Walton and Doug Sirois. Candlewick, 2020. 9781536209150
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? The newest in the Ologies series, this “scrapbook” is full to bursting with flaps, folds and inserts containing tickets, letters, photographs, maps, timelines and more, to guide the young ghost hunter in everything relating to ghosts. Like other books in the series, it is appealing in it’s large size and evocative design, complete with a red “templar ruby” on the cover. It is fashioned as a book written by the president of G.H.O.S.T.S. (Ghosts, Hauntings & Other Spectral Trouble Solved), who is specific in her warning that ” …common sense dictates it is not recommended to allow the book in children’s bedrooms at night.” Clever and mysterious, this will of course by devoured by kids who cannot get enough information about ghosts.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Although ghosts from non white cultures are described, all images of people present as white. Too bad. And, although this series is immensely popular in libraries, the parts never hold up to many circs.
To whom would you recommend this book? A fun, if formulaic, offering for ghost loving kids, ages 8-12.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries, if you collect the series. It would be an awesome gift.
Where would you shelve it ? 133.1
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: January 15, 2021