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There are ghosts in the cemetery near Malcolm David?s house, and they?re filling the air with their spooky OOOOOs and EEEEEs and ARRRRs. When Malcolm David dares to go looking for them late one night, he is surprised to discover that the eerie howling is actually coming from the ghosts? empty stomachs. They?re not trying to scare anybody? they?re just hungry, and they don?t know what it is that ghosts are supposed to eat!
A satisfying read-aloud for Halloween or anytime, this book mixes playfulness and lyricism as only Newbery Honor?winning author Julius Lester could do it. His dynamic text is well matched by Geraldo Valério?s glowing, happy artwork.
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Renowned storyteller Julius Lester lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. He has won a Newbery Honor, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Coretta Scott King Award, and many other honors.
Geraldo Val?rio lives in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
Kindergarten-Grade 3—Lester's originality shines brightly in this whimsical tale of a curious boy who senses ghosts outside his bedroom window and decides to pursue them. This story includes delectable imagery as seen in the opening pages: "...Sister Moon unfolded her arms to let her light pour down over the countryside like fresh milk on cereal." Valério's folk-inspired paintings are created in vivid blues, purples, and greens, and are representative of the night in which Malcolm spends most of his time searching for his new friends. The ghostly creatures turn out to be nonmenacing and only needing to find food. The child saves the day by finding the remnant ghosts of fruits and vegetables to feed his acquaintances. The story is clever and charming and will give families another choice for Halloween, or ease little ones' fears of ghosts. The only disappointment is the lack of development of certain aspects of the story. The tale is rich and complex, but the addition of unexplained characters such as Malcolm's "ringring bird" might leave youngsters slightly confused or puzzled. A worthwhile purchase nonetheless.—Adrienne Wilson, Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, Monroe, CT
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Book Description Dial, 2009. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0803725132
Book Description Dial Books, 2009. Condition: New. Geraldo Valerio (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0803725132