Monday, October 26, 2015

The Little Crooked Bookshelf

Leo: A Ghost Story
by Mac Barnett
illustrated by Christian Robinson

This week's bookshelf pick is from Cottager Jamie Michalak.

What it's all about . . .
For many years, Leo the ghost lived by himself in a large house on the edge of the city. But when a family moves in, Leo finds himself unwanted. So he roams the city, where nobody sees him. Until . . . he meets a girl named Jane, and becomes her "imaginary friend." Leo loves his new pal. But if he tells her he's a ghost, will he scare her away?

Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf . . .
Dream team Mac Barnett and Christian Robinson weave together favorite storytime ingredients -- ghosts, imaginary friends, robbers! -- for a spellbinding read-aloud. Leo is humorous, suspenseful, and touching.

Our favorite lines . . .
"I said I was your imaginary friend, but I'm not. I am just your real friend."

Our favorite illustration . . . 
From LEO: A GHOST STORY by Mac Barnett. Illustration copyright 2015 by Christian Robinson.
Why kids will love it . . . 
Christian Robinson's atmospheric art, rendered in shades of blue and black, is enormously appealing, and the story's twists and turns will keep kids' attention until its dramatic conclusion.

Why grown-ups will love it . . .
Those looking for the perfect Halloween or bedtime read-aloud will love Leo. Serve it with a cup of mint tea and honey toast.

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