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Ghosts in the House!

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  657 ratings  ·  126 reviews
JUST THE RIGHT MIX OF SWEET AND SCARY for the youngest trick-or treaters

At the edge of town lives a clever girl with a spooky problem: Her house is haunted! Luckily, she happens to be a witch and knows a little something about taking care of ghosts. She catches them, puts them in the washing machine, airs them out to dry, and gives them new lives as sofa covers, table clot...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 19th 2008 by Roaring Brook Press (first published 2008)
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I was captivated by the cover art at a bookstore Halloween book display and found a copy at my library. I am glad I didn't buy it on impulse as it's not the sort of story I'd want to read over and over again, though the illustrations ARE wonderful!

I am afraid I must join the minority of reviewers here who found the storyline troubling. Little Witch moves to a new house, but the only problem is, it is full of ghosts. So, she uses her clever, witching skills to find a...more
Liza Gilbert
What an absolutely horrible book about torturing ghosts! The girl in the story comes upon a lovely house only to find it haunted. Then it turns out she is a witch who knows how to catch ghosts. She catches them all, stuffs them in what looks like a Diaper Genie, and them puts them in a washing machine that looks like a dryer. She then hangs them on the line to dry while she reads a book (or plays an accordian, it's hard to tell in the illustration) and then she makes them into curtains. Some bec...more
Absolutely delightful! I just discovered this book today (October 2013) on a display at Barnes & Noble, and couldn't resist the wonderful artwork! To my great joy, the story is equally wonderful! A young witch and her cat find a hilarious solution to the ghosts haunting their new house . . . my four-year-old laughed and laughed. the pages are all orange and black, and the white ghosts are actually translucent! So inventive, I just loved it! A fantastic addition to your Halloween library. (It...more
Noran Miss Pumkin
Aug 15, 2011 Noran Miss Pumkin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Halloween kids at heart
Recommended to Noran by: myself
The one to have this Halloween season! this will be a classic for decades to come. the pages are in glorious orange, with black and white played against this backdrop beautifully! This book takes one back to construction paper projections. The story is cute, and And the ghosts are great~! This book is for my private collection, to be cherished for years to come!
A young girl moves into a house at the edge of town. The problem is that her new house it haunted. Wait, that's not a problem because she is a witch and knows just what to do with these ghosts. She washes those ghosts up and helps them become more useful to her.
This is a great story to read to younger elementary students at Halloween time. It looks scary and very Halloween-y with its orange and black graphics, and traditional white/semi-transparent ghosts. It is a ghost (and witch) story that i...more
Michele Farmer
How convenient that the little girl who moves into a haunted house just happens to be a witch. She and her costumed cat catch all of the not-so-scary ghosts and put them to use all through the house as curtains, tablecloths, and bedsheets. This book is so visually striking and is done in just three shades: orange, black, and a semi opaque white. I couldn't help but touch the ghosts because they look so textural. For me, the book had a cool retro look to it that was instantly appealing, and the s...more
I spotted this gem on display in the children's section of the library.
I looked familiar.
I figured it was a classic from back in the day.
I knew I had read it before.

(pick it up flip to the publication date... 2008)
Wait! Huh? But I could have sworn I read it before.
So right there, with out even checking it out.
I read it.
I smiled.
It was simple.
It was cute.
It was sweet and charming.
Perfect little ghost story for any little witch or goblin!
현순 최
This book is described only three colors, orange, white and black. When children first meet about the title of book, they can be scared. It appears on lots of ghosts in the house, but as a girl who has a cat moved into the haunted house, she comes to the problem. Actually, she was a clever witch and knew how to catch them. She gradually gets along with them. Finally, they all lived happily forever. Children can make their imagination by this book not be scared of ghosts.
What a lovely little Halloween book to discover at a bookfair just before October.

First of all love the color scheme ... it's all in orange and black with a touch of white (the ghosts!). Perfect for the fall. They have sort of a retro vibe that grownups reading the book might like, too. But we're not talking about grownups liking this book, are we? ;]

The illustrations are just fun! The little ghost mouths on the curtains and tablecloths will delight the picture book crowd. The little witch and h...more
Jul 03, 2014 R. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
I liked that as the girl put on a witch costume, her cat stepped into a devil costume. Also, this dynamic demonic duo, they showed the ghosts whooooooooo's the boss. And, also liked? Also, the comfortable Halloween color scheme: Rippercloak black, Pumpkinhead orange, Wendigoteeth white.
I rather liked this book: clever, if not striking. It sort of hangs together on the single idea of creating ghosts by layering japanese paper over woodcut pictures with an orange background. The graphical style is very clean and simple, and a bit retro, maybe in the manner of Meg and Mog. It's quite lovely. And yes, the story line is fairly creative too, with the little witch taking the ghosts for what they essentially are, flurry pieces of white cloth that have simply gotten out of control. An...more
Adrienne Furness
This is about a young witch who moves into a new house, rounds up the ghosts, and turns the ghosts into useful things like curtains and tablecloths. The book is entirely done in black, orange, and white. The illustrations look like woodcuts because they have thick lines and make a lot of use of negative space, but then there must be something digital going on here, too, because the lines are very clean (except then some of the bigger black shapes aren't entirely black, like they were printed) an...more
Beth Nieman
This one is not technically a Halloween story, but the bold orange and black illustrations and the characters--a clever little witch and some ghosts--certainly make it suitable for sharing in October. Nicely done!
Great illustrations in black and orange and the white ghosts superimposed over the black and orange look almost 3-D. And this young girl certainly knows how to deal with the ghosts. Fun title
The ghosts that live in this haunted house are in for a real surprise when a little girl--who turns out to be a witch--also turns out to be a seasoned ghost hunter. They don't scare her! She makes good use out of the ghosts after she catches and washes them (though I think it is a little weird that the washing machine is in the kitchen). Some become curtains, others a tablecloth and still others are used as a nice, comfy blanket. The text in this book is simple and borderline boring, but the ill...more
Andrew Kristensen
Great illustrations! I love that she had a witch costume and her cat had a black cat costume. A fun read for Hallowe'en no matter what age :)
I enjoyed this book very much. I can't say too much because it's a mystery with ghosts! But I can't wait to read more of this author.
A little girl moves into a house with ghosts, but the girl is a witch and she knows exactly how to handle these ghosts!
Didn't at all go in the direction I expected, and I loved it all the more because of it!
Cute simple story with excellent graphics. Love the style of these illustrations.
I love the story and the gorgeous linocut illustration. A NYT Best Illustrated Book.
Douglas Cootey
Delightful! What a whimsical tale. Good thing ghosts like hanging and lying around!

The linoleum cut-style illustrations added a rudimentary touch that complimented the simple story. As some have complained here, the tale IS simple. There is no message delivered with a heavy hand. However, I feel the simplicity is the story's strength. Why can't a picture book just be about a simple concept: a witch moves into a haunted house and makes draperies of the ghosts. The pictures make the tale, which is...more
17 months/29 months - Love love love the illustrations and the story. I can't even imagine reading supremacy into this story, but I guess you can warp the cutest of things into something horrible if you try hard enough. I saw this as a scared little girl and her cat move into a new (to them) big house and instead of letting it get to her she takes charge and dresses up to be a witch with her costume (and a black cat costume for her kitty) and conquer her fears... Ghosts aren't real, they're just...more
I really like this book. First of all the pages are completely orange with thick black lines for the art work. Then, the ghosts are a bright white that is a bit transparent, like tissue paper. The look of this book is very unique. The story worried me a for a moment when we were at story time because Natalie is impressionable about scary things. But, in this story, the witch is not afraid of the ghosts and the ghosts aren't scary at all. In fact, most of the time the ghosts are smiling. I though...more
Ami Meyer
I LOVED this book! I read it to my class yesterday. It's just so cool!
adorable! great illustrations and super cute story
Katie Casey
A cute ghost story for young kids.
I really liked the use of color. And the 'use' of ghosts in such a domestic way.
This book was just perfect to read to my four-year-old for Halloween. It's Halloween-themed, but not scary at all. I liked the ingenuity of the main character, and I loved the ghost illustrations.

Update: I like this book even better the second time around. The story feels empowering to children who are afraid of ghosts and other spooks. My daughter has been struggling lately with being afraid of the night, and I love that this story shows how she can take control of her own fears and make them i...more
Jan 22, 2009 Becky rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: preschool and up
This book was on the NYT Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2008, and deservedly so! The story is simple and adorable, as the little girl (who is also a witch) moves into a haunted house and tackles those ghosts head-on. The illustrations look like they are linocuts printed in black ink on bright orange paper, with white tissue-paper ghosts. The compositions have incredible strength and simplicity. Kazuno Kohara, please make more books, and a web site of your work!
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Kazuno Kohara grew up in Japan and moved to the U.K. as a student. She is the author of Here Comes Jack Frost and Ghosts in the House! She lives in London, England.
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