Saturday, July 16, 2011

Book Review: The Christmas Eve Ghost by Shirley Hughes

✰✰✰½ Not long after their Da dies in an accident, Bronwen, Dylan, and their Mam move to Liverpool in the 1930s. Mam must take in other people's laundry to support the two children. As the little family adjusts to life in the city, they keep mostly to themselves. Although Mam tries hard not to leave the children alone, sometimes she must go out without them. One of these times just happens to be Christmas Eve. The unattended children hear a frightful and ghostly noise coming from the washhouse. Too scared to investigate, they run outside and into their neighbor, Mrs. O'Riley. With some neighborly help, the family learns to overlook differences and appreciate the friendship and kindness offered.

The Bottom Line: This charming picture book highlights the themes of friendship and being neighborly in a time of adversity. This heartwarming tale is beautifully illustrated in ink and soft watercolors. Enthusiastically recommended for kids in grades 2 - 4.

Details: The Christmas Eve Ghost written & illustrated by Shirley Hughes. Hardcover published by Candlewick Press in 2010. 32 p. ISBN: 978-0-7636-4472-7

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