How to Spook a Ghost (Magical Creatures and Crafts #8) (Hardcover)

How to Spook a Ghost (Magical Creatures and Crafts #8) By Sue Fliess, Simona Sanfilippo (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Sue Fliess, Simona Sanfilippo (Illustrator)
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Halloween is about getting together with friends and family, choosing costumes, and trick-or-treating! Sometimes spooky, always delicious!

But would you be brave enough to investigate strange noises? If you are, you may just meet a friendly ghost who only wants to be part of the fun! Be kind and include them in your trick-or-treating adventure and you may make a new friend! They'll be sure to enjoy the thrill of going out on Halloween night.

So, grab some supplies—scissors, fabric, markers, and a partner—and get ready to make a costume for the biggest candy event of the year.

Sue Fliess’s bouncy read-aloud rhyming text and Simona Sanfilippo’s energetic, whimsical illustrations will bring joy to young readers as they cheer on the kids and their new ghost friend. Also included are guides for teachers and parents about how to engage children in costume-making or an easy Halloween puppet craft, while learning about the history of Halloween, pumpkin carving, and the value of friendship and inclusion on this fun day of gathering with friends to dress up and collect treats. 

About the Author

Sue Fliess is the author of over fifty children's books including other books in the Magical Creatures and Crafts Series: How to Help a Cupid, How to Trap a Leprechaun, How to Track an Easter Bunny, How to Meet a Mermaid, How to Find a Unicorn, How to Trick a Christmas Elf, and How to Hide a Turkey, the Beatrice Bly series, the Kid Scientist series, Sadie Sprocket Builds a Rocket, Mary Had a Little Lab, and more. She lives in Northern Virginia with her family and loves to travel. She has always loved Halloween. Once she dressed up as the Mona Lisa painting and won a costume contest. 

Simona Sanfilippo is a children’s book illustrator who lives and works near Turin, the magical town in the north of Italy. Lots of green hills and mountains have surrounded her since childhood and both of them have a big place in her heart, a northern one that loves oceans and snowy lands too. When she lets her pencils have a break, she loves reading about Celtic legends, creating cute handmade creatures, and having a walk into the woods discovering trees and Mother Earth’s gifts.

Praise For…

"Having covered Thanksgiving, Christmas, unicorns, and more, Fliess now turns to Halloween for the latest in her crafty how-to series. Upbeat text in verse encourages readers to pick a costume . . . doors (and pages) are enthusiastically decorated with stars, skulls, headstones, spiderwebs, and jack-o’-lanterns. The last three double-page spreads detail the history of the holiday, its introduction to the U.S. by Irish immigrants, the traditions of trick-or-treating and pumpkin carving, and instructions for making a ghost costume or puppet. A lively celebration of a popular holiday with some craft ideas and history. (Picture book. 4-6)" —Kirkus Reviews

"This brief story told in verse and cartoon scenes begins with four children, two Black and two white, busily pulling items from trunks to assemble costumes. One of them will be a ghost, and the emphasis is on getting ready. Once all the children are costumed, a quick visit to a decorated door leads to a brief scary moment and an encounter with a young friendly ghost who begs to go trick-or-treating with them. Deciding that the ghost is kind and shouldn’t be left behind, they all go trick-or-treating together. The ghost has a final happy word: 'I’m a lot like you.' The scheme of the book follows that used by the author and illustrator in their Magical Creatures and Crafts series. The square volume sets the energetic, simply sketched figures and bits of Halloween decor against mostly white space in spreads. End materials include a history of Halloween over several pages and instructions for making ghost costumes and puppets. The costume emphasis suggests its place on library shelves. VERDICT Practical seasonal material where more is needed." —School Library Journal
Product Details
ISBN: 9781510774087
ISBN-10: 1510774084
Publisher: Sky Pony
Publication Date: August 1st, 2023
Pages: 32
Language: English
Series: Magical Creatures and Crafts