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Leo: A Ghost Story

Leo: A Ghost Story

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But luckily, there's Jane, our plucky heroine, who can see Leo when others can't and believes him to be her imaginary friend.

Sometimes the illustrations for this book were so damn adorable, I pulled the same smiley face the main character was pulling. One particularly great thing about this book is that the pictures are all drawn in different shades of blue. With Autumn approaching, and Halloween around the corner, it is the perfect time to read Leo: A Ghost Story. Leo, the ghost whom most people can't see, leaves his home when the new inhabitants make him feel unwanted. It’s also a powerful paean to the wonders of a child’s imagination, and the intricate games about knights and dragons, golden treasures and glorious feasts, initiated by go-getter Jane, have a familiar resonance about them that will make parents smile.Delighted to have finally found a friend, Leo is torn - should he tell Jane that he is not what she thinks, and risk losing her?

Morbidly amused, but also genuinely curious, I turned to Mac and asked, “If we did all die in a fiery crash tonight, how many books do you have finished that would still be published posthumously? There are so many subtle, positive messages in this story, creeping into the brain through the eyes. Christian Robinson's decision to use papercutting and coloured pencil to illustrate this book, might have created a flat looking image created by just any old illustrator, but the way he wonkily and boldly cuts shapes and draws around them, makes the illustration as engaging as the text. Christian Robinson can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned, but I do prefer his less monochromatic work.Mac immediately establishes a connection with the reader by breaking the fourth wall and allowing them to see Leo with the first page turn when not many others in the story can see him. If the ultimate focus is the friendship between Leo and Jane and how their life situations fit together, she deserved more pagetime.

When a new family moves into his home and Leo's efforts to welcome them are misunderstood, Leo decides it is time to leave and see the world. Your reviews are noticed and appreciated, and, even though I keep up with kids lit, it's unlikely I would have found this on my own! Mistaking him for an imaginary friend, he forms a special bond with Jane when she invites him to play. D’une plume tout en fine sensibilité, Mac Barnett sait tricoter une adorable vérité entre les oeillères du réel. But that ambiguity keeps it from falling into the syrupy-sweet traps that make so many kids’ books so irritating.

This charming tale of friendship—from two of the best young minds in picture books: the author of the Caldecott Honor–winning Extra Yarn and the illustrator of the Bologna Ragazzi Award–winning Josephine—is destined to become a modern classic that will delight readers for years to come. Everyone else seems to like this book though, so I sincerely hope Barnett and Robinson work together again and try to top this effort. The story doesn’t tell us how he became a ghost at such a young age, and it doesn’t promise that his imaginative new friend will always trust him. Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World, and illustrator Christian Robinson, who just won a Caldecott Honor this past month for Last Stop on Market Street, Leo: A Ghost Story explores the themes of loneliness, friendship and honesty.

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