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Ghosts in the House!

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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
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
Mandy Blair Crider
Aug 06, 2015 Mandy Blair Crider rated it it was amazing
I love this book! My favorite one for my daughter and I to read at Halloween! I love the illustrations and the cat :)
Oct 03, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Noran Miss Pumkin
Aug 15, 2011 Noran Miss Pumkin rated it it was amazing
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!
Jul 15, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
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
Michele Farmer
Oct 05, 2013 Michele Farmer rated it really liked it
Shelves: award-winners
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
Oct 16, 2015 Aylea rated it really liked it
This review originally published at The Children's Book and Media Review

A little girl goes to live in an old house at the edge of town, but the house is haunted. It’s a good thing that the girl isn’t just any girl. She’s also a witch! She knows how to catch ghosts, which is a good thing because she has quite a few that she needs to catch. She puts them in the washing machine and then hangs them on the clothesline to dry. Afterwards, they become great curtains, tablecloths, and blankets so that t
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
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!
Feb 23, 2016 Jennie rated it it was amazing
I thought this was super cute, but I also think you need to understand Japanese culture a bit to appreciate the heroine's repurposing of ghosts. Shinto based animist beliefs are still honored in Japan and unsettled disgruntled household objects are considered capable of haunting - including old chopsticks and umbrellas. There is even a Buddhist festival each year to honor old sewing needles. The needles are stuck into a block of tofu to honor them for their service (giving them a soft place to r ...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
Oct 19, 2008 Roxanne Hsu Feldman rated it really liked it
I am just so tickled "orange" by this book! Love the orange/black block colors, love the sandy scratchy white overlay of the white of the ghosts, love the very childish idea of Ghosts/Sheets equation, the simplicity of the text and logic, and the flowing of the lines. The whole thing just works!
Crystal Allen
Sep 22, 2011 Crystal Allen rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this book. It is stunning. Checked it out from the library for Bella but I think I may have to add it to my own personal collection. Yes I have a shelf in my studio with my own, personal kids books (not to mention my book shelves at work). ;)
Jan 10, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spanish-language
The orange/black/white illustrations are, by far, this book's most compelling attribute. The simple text corresponds well with each two-page spread. I appreciate the use of standard story constructs ("once upon a time" and "they lived happily ever after"). The loss of these constructs in contemporary children's literature reminds me of the rarity of reading nursery rhymes. This gap and robs children of an opportunity to participate in the story telling. Listeners love to engage in the story at a ...more
Apr 21, 2016 Matlin rated it really liked it
This cute little book is about a young witch moving to a new home. She discovers that her house is overrun with ghosts! What will she do? She uses her creative young mind to snatch up all the ghosts, give them a good wash and wring, and proceeds to use them as house decorations and necessities. They don't seem to mind. The pictures are very adorable and all in black, white and orange, perfect for Halloween. There is not much text throughout so it is a great early learners book to have on hand fo ...more
Jan 12, 2016 Anna rated it it was amazing
Lady Demelza
Dec 23, 2014 Lady Demelza rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
I've been a practising witch for more than twenty years, and one of the things I frequently find most disturbing in children's literature is the outrageous misrepresentation of witches and witchcraft. So I am thrilled with this book. As a real witch, I can assure you that this girl is a real witch, not a hollywood/disney/patriarchy-influenced imposter. This book very simply tells the truth of the power and practise of witchcraft.
And no, the PC-police don't need to worry, she is not torturing the
현순 최
Mar 08, 2014 현순 최 rated it really liked it
Shelves: social
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.
Eva Kelly
May 10, 2015 Eva Kelly rated it it was amazing
You know, when I looked at this one I thought "Boy, these pictures sure do look familiar." And you know what? This book was drawed by the same girl who wrote that one about the girl with the owls in the library [THE MIDNIGHT LIBRARY]. It looks SO the same except this one is about a girl who's a witch, and so her and her cat catch ghosts and turn them into blankets. I love this girl's books and now I need to get all of them. A great one!
Nov 12, 2014 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-book

Oh my goodness, this story was adorable! A young witch wants to move into a house, but it's haunted! Instead of running the ghosts out of the house, she decides to give them something to do... Some become curtains, tablecloths, and everyone is happy!
The illustrations are delightful and engaging, but the story is pretty thin. I did learn the expanded form of the Spanish "and they lived happily ever after." The idiomatic phrase in Spanish includes a reference to eating partridges. But I digress. Probably a candidate for the supplemental list, but I don't think I could make a case for inclusion in the Master List.
Oct 04, 2011 Angie rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
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
Jul 03, 2014 R. rated it it was amazing
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.
Mary Dye
This was a nice empowering book for young women. It was all about how a little girl takes care of all the ghosts by herself and then becomes friends with them. The illustrations in the book were also gorgeous so they kept your attention throughout the entire book.
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
Oct 14, 2014 Beth Nieman rated it really liked it
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!
Oct 16, 2014 Janet rated it really liked it
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
Oct 25, 2014 Cat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Beautiful spare and mischievous illustrations with a great twist (turning spirit into matter) towards the end of the book. A girl and her cat conquer all--what could be better?
Dec 15, 2009 Nielson rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
Oct 30, 2014 Jess rated it really liked it
This was a huge hit with my pre-school storytime. They found the entire story hilarious and were thrilled to see the different ways in which the witch tames the ghosts.
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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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