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Ten Timid Ghosts: 11/06/07
Now that Sean is older and able to read he has been recommending a number of wonderful books. One of the current favorites among his friends is Ten Timid Ghosts. Sean spoke so highly of it that we ended up getting a copy to add to our collection.
Ten Timid Ghosts is a counting backwards book like Ten Little Lady Bugs except that it is Halloween themed. Ten ghosts get evicted from their home by a witch who has bought their home. The witch uses a number of sneaky tricks to get them to leave. In the end though, they figure out what's going on and they want their house back!
Sean likes the book for all the witch's schemes. She uses puppets and disguises and these make him laugh.
My personal favorite page is the bat she uses to scare away ghost number nine. The fleeing ghost takes the eyes up the stairs to the striped socks of the witch. The spring hanging down from her feet leads to the bat which takes up most of the two pages. It's left wing creates a line that draws the eye from the foyer to the sitting room, by way of a portrait (with a hiding ghost) and a number of other hiding ghosts (like those in Hide and Ghost Seek). This illustration is a good early introduction to the ghosts and their home and that's why I like it so much.
This sounds like a cute book. Since my children are being raised bilingual and English isn't their dominant language, I'm always looking for fun books to keep them interested in reading. Thanks!