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A delightful, funny story of friendship, ghost chores, a spooky house and a professional haunter.

Meet Sir Simon, Super Scarer. He's a professional ghost who has been transferred to his first house. And just in time! He was getting tired of haunting bus stops and forests and potatoes. And to top it off, this house is occupied by an old lady -- they're the easiest to haunt!

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Hardcover, 46 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Tundra Books
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Calista
Simon is a ghost moving up in the world and he gets his first house to haunt. The family moving in has a boy named Chester and Simon thinks he can use Chester to do all his ghost chores. Chester isn’t the best at ghosting.

It’s a tale of friendship and learning to respect one another. The book is full of energy and charm. Simon is funny. Simon likes needlepoint and writing and speaking French. It’s a cute beginning story kids can enjoy. Simon is super cute.

The nephew thought this was an informat
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Schizanthus Nerd
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So many pop culture references! I love this book!

I’ve read it twice so far and I picked up so much more the second time around. I began to suspect something was up when I began to find random Stephen King references in the illustrations early on during my first read. I started specifically looking for them and found more of those and plenty of other beauties. I won’t tell you all of the references I found because that would take all the fun out of finding them yourself but some of the standouts
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La Coccinelle
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
This is a cute story about a ghost named Simon. He's a super scarer, taking his Ghost chores very seriously. After he gets assigned to haunt a house, he thinks things are going to be easy when a grandmother moves in. The problem, though, is that she's brought her grandson, Chester. Rather than being scared of Simon, Chester is curious about him. Too curious. To get the kid off his back, Simon enlists him as an honourary Ghost and gets him to take over all the Ghost chores (so Simon can do his cr ...more
Cyndi
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Since I now have two grandchildren I am finding more treasures in the children's book world. This is one of those! A ghost is busy performing his nightly haunting chores when he is interrupted by a new addition to the family. A little boy. Although the story is told through the eyes of the ghost and how he makes friends with the little boy, the underlying story is just so very sweet. ...more
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, haven-read
Sir Simon is a card carrying ghostest with the mostest! He's a professional at haunting everything from forests and boats to ukeleles and even pizza. He's being transferred to his very first haunted house and is excited to find that grandparents are moving into his house! In the pyramid of haunting, old people are at the top because they sleep all the time. Now Simon will have plenty of spare time away from his chores (like stomping in the attic and standing in windows wearing old-timey clothes ...more
Cassandra
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sir Simon: Super Scarer is one of the cutest children's books that I've read in a while! I smiled the whole way through! I couldn't help but laugh at the adorable little facial expressions, and the issues that Simon runs into when he finds out that the tenant in his first ever haunted home is actually a little boy who just wants to be Simon's friend. the artwork is stunning, and make the story that much more wonderful. I am hoping to see more books with Sir Simon in them, and soon!

A huge thank
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Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: november-2018
MY RATING: 5/5 STARS 
I received a copy from Penguin Random House Canada and Tundra Books in exchange for a honest review. 

I am truly forever grateful to the wonderful team at PRH Canada for sending me this copy because it has introduced me to my new favourite genre of children novels. I know I may be a little too old for them but Sir Simon reminded me the pure joy of reading a picture book. Cale Atkinson is mostly known for his illustrative works---they're so stinkin' adorable--but his writing i
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Literary Redhead
SIR SIMON is a sweet story of a professional ghost who has been assigned to haunt a new house. But things don’t go as planned, as a smart kid comes with the house ... one who figures Simon out and haunts him with too many questions. A funny beautifully illustrated tale of a ghost, a little boy and an unlikely friendship. 5/5

Thank you to the author, Penguin Random House Canada and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine.

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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sir Simon is a ghost that is finally moving into a haunted house, but who is also moving in? A human boy and his grandmother! It's a lot of work being a ghost, and Simon tricks Chester into helping Simon with his haunting work. Later, Simon repents and offers to help Chester with his human work. Neither is very good at doing the other's work, but they are good at becoming friends.

This is a fun story of developing a friendship between two that are very different, with lots of kid appeal.
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Etienne
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really funny story about the live of a ghost and the friendship that he make with an young boy. The illustrations and the pages organization are truly pretty and original. The story is fun and will surely make you laugh. I loved it a lot!
Abigail
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Friendly Ghost Stories
Canadian picture-book author/artist Cale Atkinson whips up a fantastic friendly-ghost story in Sir Simon: Super Scarer, which chronicles the trials and travails of its titular spirit, as he takes up his first job haunting a house. Hoping for some elderly people to scare, as they make the easiest targets, leaving him free time to pursue his other interests, Simon instead discovers that his new house comes with a young boy named Chester. Will Chester prove himself an adept ghost assistant? Will Si ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Sir Simon is a real, honest-to-goodness ghost. He haunts all sorts of things and finally gets promoted to house haunting. He thinks it will be a grandparent who moves in, but there is a child as well. This is a fun story about Chester, the boy who lives in the house, trying to be a ghost and not faring well, then Simon tries to be like a boy and fails miserably. They discover that they are very different, but they have some things in common and can still be great friends. A cute story about how ...more
Molly
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sir Simon, Super Scarer, is a professional ghost out on his first assignment to a house. He's sure that he'll have an easy time of it, being assigned to an old lady -- but he doesn't count on her bringing a little kid along! The kid, Chester, isn't afraid of Sir Simon at all. In fact, Chester has endless questions, much to Simon's annoyance. The illustrations are very cute and the story is sweet. ...more
Jeff
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A lot of fun. A little bit of scatological humor, which I'm never a big fan of [especially in children's literature]), but overall a great concept. Very funny and would work great as a read aloud. Simon's attempts at being a novelist are the best parts of the story, in my opinion. ...more
Kate
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a really cute children’s picture book about Simon, a ghost, who has many ghostly duties to do. He tries to entice Chester, the little boy in his house, to do his chores for him.
Storywraps
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sir Simon Super Scarer is a professional ghost and even has his own business card to prove it. " Sir Simon Super Scarer... Ghosts with the mostest" it reads. Now who wouldn't want to hire him?

He has haunted forests, a boat, a bus stop, and strange things like a doll, a pizza and even a potato, just to name a few. Finally he gets a promotion and is assigned to his very first house to haunt and is he excited! Unfortunately, with that stroke of good luck comes some bad news. He will be responsible
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Sarah Hyatt
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: twins-read
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Stephanie P (Because My Mother Read)
I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

4.5 stars. This is my kind of spooky story–not scary at all and completely adorable! The main character is the most loveable little ghost and it was so fun to hear him explain all the ins and outs of his job and his complaints about all the chores.

When a kid unexpectedly factors into his plans he learns some sweet lessons about friendship and understanding another’s perspective. The interactions between the boy and the ghost a
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Sara (Sjthroughthelookingglass)
Sir Simon: Super Scarer by Cale Atkinson is a story about a professional ghost just transferred to his first house to haunt. This children's book is charmingly funny with beautiful and silly layered illustrations. Simon is all set to settle in to his cushy new job when he realizes the new house is home to a kid, kids being the worst to haunt. Atkinsin captures the excitement and energy of this kid, Chester, so well and soon a humorous story of a unique friendship unwinds. ...more
Jamie
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
*I received an e-galley from Netgalley in return for an honest review.*
Super cute story about a ghost names Simon who is finally assigned to haunt a house! And best of all, old people live there, the easiest to haunt! Except there is also Chester, a little boy in the house who Simon convinces to help him with his ghost chores.
Fun story about a not-so-scary ghost.
Amber Webb
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cale Atkinson does it again! Sir Simon Super Scarer was a fantastic story about a ghost and a boy who both want to be super and they spur one another on even when they don't really want to. Adorable. ...more
Kelly Veatch
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Absolutely adorable! Gonna order this one for our school library for our Halloween collection. So cute!
Amanda Marquart
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rachel
This is a super cute book. I read it to my 3 year old so many times that she has it memorized, and will even read all the parts for the kid while I read for Simon. She even asked for a typewriter for Christmas so she can write a "thrilling novel" like Simon. I hope there are more Simon books to come. ...more
Sara
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Guys, there is a picture of a ghost haunting a potato. This is clearly the greatest book in the history of books.
MEGAN C
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
100 books before kindergarten
Khadijah
So cute!!! 😭 And the illustrations were the BEST, the expressions on their faces, the little details, the color palettes, the differences between day & night... Everything was just too cute. It was really funny, too. Wonderfully written. ❤️
Pop Bop
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Simon, The Friendly Ghost

I've always thought that Caspar the Friendly Ghost was a brilliant creation. Kids can like ghost stories, and with all the books, movies, video games, toys, and other cultural references to ghosts they are a staple of literature and entertainment. But hit a little kid with something too scary or unnerving and, bam, it's nightmare time. That's where Caspar comes in. He was, well, friendly. And the bad ghosts were mostly just pranksters. This book is in that tradition of f
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Dad Suggests
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sir Simon is a picture book about a ghost - a passion project written and illustrated by Cale Atkinson and published by Tundra Books. Atkinson wrote that he has wanted to make a ghost story for a very long time. Passion can make all the difference in a work of art, and Atkinson’s passion here is clear.

Why did this picture book have such a huge impact on me? Atkinson recently announced that there were more than fifty Easter egg references to classic scary movies in Sir Simon. Many of the images
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Christina Carter
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-excursion
Note: Review of ARC | Book Releases September 4th, 2018

Sir Simon Super Scarer is one spooktacular read! I couldn't resist saying that. It is highly likely that every reader will make this same declaration. But don't worry, it isn't the sort of freight that will keep your kids up at night, I mean come on, there's a picture of a ghost's butt cheeks on the back cover! That alone had me cracking up and I'm supposed to be the mature one here. I can only imagine the laughter that will ensue when my st
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ℛ a ℂ ℎ ℯ ℓ ♥️
I was given an ARC for an honest review!

This was an adorable, cute and funny book! It has so many pop culture references to horror movies and ghost movies. But don’t worry it is not a scary book and the references will probably only be caught by us adults anyways. But it definitely makes this fun for both children and adults to read!



The story is about a ghost who tells us about the many chores and responsibilities he does as a ghost. He complains that it is a hard job with a lot of work and not
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Cale Atkinson is an illustrator/writer/animator currently residing in Kelowna Canada.
Believing in tea more than sleep, Cale is constantly working on numerous projects. His work can be found in children’s books, animated shorts, television, and games.

Publishers Cale has worked with include Disney Hyperion, Tundra, Simon and Schuster, Doubleday, KidsCan Press, Owl Books, Grosset & Dunlap, GreySton
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