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Gus And The Baby Ghost (Gus the Ghost)

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Gus, Cora the cat, a mouse named Mouse, and Mr. Frizzle all live in the Historical Museum. They have a fairly symbiotic relationship, until the arrival of this baby ghost that is left on the doorstep. Frizzle who has a terrible temper and is reminiscent of most bad-tempered excessively rigid old men overreacts a number of times in most theatrical and entertaining ways befo ...more
32 pages
Published 1973 by World's Work (first published March 1st 1972)
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Aug 30, 2013 ↜ƈɦǟռ☂ɛℓℓɛ↝ rated it it was amazing
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Gus and the Baby Ghost by Jane Thayer

I love this book. I still have my original copy from when I was 3yo. It has always been loved, so it is very worn and the spine is broke, but that's ok because ghosts don't have spines anyways.

This book is cute. It is about a ghost named Gus. He's the night watchman at the historical museum. The curator is a very cranky old guy.

One day the cat comes in and says there is a baby ghost outside. Gus takes him in and loves him, takes care of him and protects him
Nov 30, 2012 Lyndsi rated it it was amazing
pg 45. Gus the ghost is still one of my mother's favorite books and I remember her reading it to me over and over. It's adorable and I just love it! I wish I could give Gus a hug!
Jordan Gibson
Apr 10, 2015 Jordan Gibson rated it it was amazing
I loooooved this book as a kid. I've been looking for it for years!
Jun 15, 2012 Asho rated it liked it
This is a cute story about a ghost who takes care of an abandoned baby ghost and tries to keep it a secret from the man who lives in the museum. The premise creeps me out a little bit because, well, ghosts. But at least they are nice ghosts. I'll be curious to see what my child thinks of this book once he's old enough to know what a ghost is. I suspect that as a kid this book would have scared me, even though nothing scary actually happens.
Feb 23, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok
Gus the Ghost works the night shift at a historic museum. He finds an abandoned baby ghost and learns to take care of it despite the museum director's insistence that he get rid of it. I read this as a child and honestly wish I remember what I thought of it then. Having rediscovered it today, I find the premise so bizarre and disturbing that I'm at a loss for further comment.
Jan 31, 2008 Ocean rated it it was amazing
SO CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!! liz & i discovered this at the quiet storm a few years ago & she recently bought me my very own copy. i have xeroxed a few pages to hang in my kitchen to set an example for the houseghost. if it were cute and loving like the ghost in this book, i really wouldn't mind living in a haunted house. we'll see.....
Nov 16, 2011 Marian rated it really liked it
Don't hate on Gus, people. Gus finds a baby ghost and the baby ghost does what babies do best. Makes noise and is cute. One gets it into trouble, the other gets it out of it.
Aug 03, 2009 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: kiddos
These books are a bit weird. I used to love them when I was a kid though.
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Oct 03, 2012 Stephanie Marshall rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Children
Good read for children...especially around Halloween time.
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Obituary from: Boston Globe, July 27, 2005

With the 87 children's books she wrote, Catherine Woolley delighted generations of young readers around the world with stories of children, animals, a friendly ghost, and mysterious happenings.

She was so prolific that her publisher told her to use a nom de plume for some books. She chose Jane Thayer, her grandmother'
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