cover image The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt

The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt

Riel Nason, illus. by Byron Eggenschwiler. Tundra, $17.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-7352-6447-2

It’s not easy to do ghostly things when you’re made of heavy patchwork fabric layers instead of a light-as-air sheet. Such is the plight of the little ghost in this gentle tale, whose family and friends, Nason writes, “flew high and fast and twirled and whirled in the sky.” But things take an unexpected turn one Halloween night when the little quilt ghost, “too heavy to hover,” finds himself literally caught up in an act of kindness that earns him happiness and cheers. Eggenschwiler’s compositions, a blend of pencil drawings and digital techniques that emphasize eye-catching color accents—the blues of the quilt, orange jack-o’-lanterns, and a pink ballerina costume—depict a pleasant, slightly eerie world where the ghosts’ cobwebbed haunted house and a contemporary neighborhood fit comfortably together. Ages 3–7. (Sept.)