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Ghosts in the House!

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,541 ratings  ·  199 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 cloths, a

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 19th 2008 by Roaring Brook Press (first published 2008)
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Jon(athan) Nakapalau
What do you do when your house is haunted? This book will answer that question for you in a unique and humorous way. Fantastic Art!

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
Mariah Roze
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
I didn't think this was a good picture book. It was super simple and there was two moments in the book where I had to pause and go back. I thought this could have been a lot better.
Feb 10, 2016 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
Oct 03, 2013 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
Aug 06, 2015 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 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
2014: 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 fea
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, june-2018
This book is striking, with its orange pages and black illustrations. I found it incredibly sweet, and loved the art style; I would have adored it as a child, I’m sure. By its very nature it is brief, but it is also lovely.
Ghosts don't have to be scary, they can be useful!
Noran Miss Pumkin
Aug 31, 2008 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!
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommended to Abigail by: Kathryn
A young witch-girl moves into her new house at the edge of town in Kazuno Kohara's Ghosts in the House! (The Haunted House in Britain), promptly setting out to "neutralize" its ghostly inhabitants. Soon those whispy white critters have been put to "good" use: as curtains, sheets and table-cloths...

Like the friend who put me onto this - I wouldn't like to say she recommended it, as her reaction was rather mixed - I was immediately drawn in by Kohara's Halloween-appropriate artwork, with its bold, bl(The
Jul 15, 2013 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
Sep 21, 2013 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
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
Sep 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, halloween
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
Douglas Cootey
Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 ta
Oct 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 wit
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
Oct 19, 2008 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 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). ;)
Sha'Tisha Young
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The art style in this one is precious
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Adorable story of a little girl who, instead of being spooked by the ghosts in her house, puts them to practical use. Gorgeous illustrations in only black, orange, and white are tons of fun.
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book made me laugh out loud. Wonderfully creative and funny and encourages kids to not think of ghosts as scary things, a re-framing of a scary image that parents will likely be grateful for.
Lady Demelza
Jul 19, 2014 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 torturi
Oct 16, 2015 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 tha
Oct 04, 2011 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
Jan 10, 2015 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 robs children of an opportunity to participate in the story telling. Listeners love to engage in the story at any p ...more
Apr 13, 2016 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
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jessica (Spooky KidLit & We Who Walk Here, Walk Alone)
Ghosts in the House! is a delightfully odd story about a witch who moves into a haunted house and solves her ghost problem in a very creative way. This adorable, beautifully illustrated picture book will show kids that ghosts don’t have to be scary. With a charming narrative and lovable characters, this story is sure to be a favorite; it definitely belongs on your shelf this Halloween.

Kazuno Kohara’s orange-and-black manga-esque illustrations are fantastic, with dynamic lines that ke
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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.