“Once there was a girl who went to live in a big old house at the edge of town. It was a splendid place, but there was one problem,” begins Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara. A haunted house would pose a problem for many little girls — unless, of course, that little girl is a witch!
Recommended for readers from preschool through first grade, Ghosts in the House! is a fun Halloween book that mixes sweet with spooky. A little girl and her cat move in to a haunted house, but, because the girl is a witch, she takes care of her ghost problem in no time!
The language in Ghosts in the House! is pretty simple and straightforward. Although recommended for slightly older readers, my toddler daughter still seemed interested in the book as I read the story aloud to her.
The illustrations are the best part of Ghosts in the House! Drawn in a slightly Japanese style, the illustrations employ a limited color palate of orange and black with white for the ghosts. The ghosts are overlaid on the page, giving the creatures a transparent look that pops out from the page. Even I found myself reaching out to touch the ghosts, which appear as a different texture than the rest of the drawing.
Final Verdict: Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara is a sweet little book perfect for reading during the Halloween season. The story is simple but fun. However, the illustrations are the most distinguishing part of this book. If you are looking for a ghostly book to read with your young child for Halloween, I highly recommend Ghosts in the House!
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‘Ghosts in the House!’ Book Review © 2013 Heather Johnson
Cover of Ghosts in the House! © 2013 Heather Johnson
Inside Pages of Ghosts in the House! © 2013 Heather Johnson