Tuesday, May 16, 2017

How to Make Friends with a Ghost by Rebecca Green

Title: How to Make Friends With a Ghost
Author: Rebecca Green
Pages: 40
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Edition: E-ARC via Netgalley
Ages: 4-8

Synopsis from Goodreads:
What do you do when you meet a ghost? One: Provide the ghost with some of its favorite snacks, like mud tarts and earwax truffles. Two: Tell your ghost bedtime stories (ghosts love to be read to). Three: Make sure no one mistakes your ghost for whipped cream or a marshmallow when you aren't looking! If you follow these few simple steps and the rest of the essential tips in How to Make Friends with a Ghost, you'll see how a ghost friend will lovingly grow up and grow old with you. 
A whimsical story about ghost care, Rebecca Green's debut picture book is a perfect combination of offbeat humor, quirky and sweet illustrations, and the timeless theme of friendship.

This book is organized into very simple sentences that makes it easy to read for children. Occasionally there are rhyme schemes that are quite enjoyable as well. I'm not quite sure a 4 year old would be able to understand all of the words in this book, but it will definitely be one that they like hearing read out loud anyway. A lot of people shy away from reading ghost stories to their children, but this one is so adorably cute I doubt any nightmares would come from reading this to them.

The illustrations in this book are quirky and super cute. Some of them are black and white with bright splashes of color in areas that our eyes are drawn to.

I like this take on a children's book because you don't often see ghosts as a subject matter because we all know children have highly active imaginations and quite often they end up in bed with you after hearing a spooky story or catching a scene out of a horror film they peeked at when they weren't supposed to. Green does a swell job at making ghosts seem less terrifying through care instructions and adorable images.