cover image The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo!

The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo!

Elaine Bickell, illus. by Raymond McGrath. Philomel, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-593-20215-9

After losing her “boo” when trying to engage in a scare, Little Ghost asks for assistance from animals whose utterances sound auspiciously familiar. She’s optimistic when she hears a “whoo-whoo-whoo,” but then discovers its source: “Oh Owl, it’s you!/ I wonder, can you help me?/ I’m looking for my boo.” The empathic bird offers to lend her his sound, but since “it’s just not as scary as my ghostly boo,”she instead turns to a cooing pigeon, a crowing rooster, and a mooing cow, each of which makes a similarly generous offer. With effectively repetitious, lilting verse, Bickell underscores the ghost’s hopefulness and determination before entreating readers’ help to bring this gentle friendship story to an uplifting close. McGrath humorously portrays Little Ghost as a round creature with large, expressive eyes, whose simplicity offers a striking contrast to the detailed depictions of her intricately patterned animal pals. Ages 4–8. [em](Aug.) [/em]