Saturday, November 5, 2011

The TTLG 2011 Picture Book Celebration: Book three hundred and nine

In most books and movies, ghosts are scary, spooky, and even dangerous. They are things to be feared, and their haunts should be avoided at all costs. There are a few stories and movies though that present ghosts in a different light. These ghosts are capable of being friendly, and often they are in need of help of some sort. In today's picture book, you will meet a ghost whose home is taken over, and who does his best to scare off the 'invaders' using ghostly methods that have stood the test of time. Until now.

The hungry ghost of Rue Orleans
Mary Quattlebaum
Illustrated by Patricia Castelao
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Random House, 2011, 978-0-375-86207-6
   Fred lives in an old house on Rue Orleans tending his cactus and eating air when he gets hungry. The house is in bad shape and everything inside is covered with a layer of dust, which makes it the perfect hangout for a ghost like Fred.
   Then one day Fred’s quiet is disturbed when Pierre and his daughter Marie come into the house. They are going to turn Fred’s house into a restaurant, and Fred is not at all happy about it. Despite Fred’s protestations, the house is painted, repaired, and cleaned. It is furnished and soon diners are eating Pierre’s delicious gumbo, crawfish, and red beans and rice.
   Fred has had enough, and since no one is listening to him, he decides that more drastic measures are needed. Fred moans and he makes the food jump in their dishes. Surely such a spooky performance will scare off the restaurant guests for good, and then Fred will get his house back. Alas for Fred, the guests at the restaurant love his spooky doings. They add a little something special to the enjoyment of their meals.
   Readers who have a fondness for ghostly tales are sure to enjoy this special title in which Mary Quattlebaum brings together delicious food and a ghost to give us a delightful and memorable story.

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