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Ghost's hour, spook's hour
Bunting, Eve, 1928-
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Publication Information:
[Place of publication not identified] : Houghton Mifflin, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 audiocassette : analog + 1 paperback book ([32] pages : color illustrations ; 22 x 23 cm.).
Scary incidents at midnight give Biff, the dog, and his master a frightening time but all turn out to have good explanations.
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Book illustrated by Donald Carrick.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 104729.
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Sound Cassette

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There's something strange about tonight. What's that woo sound outside my window?

Author Notes

Eve Bunting was born in 1928 in Maghera, Ireland, as Anne Evelyn Bunting. She graduated from Northern Ireland's Methodist College in Belfast in 1945 and then studied at Belfast's Queen's College. She emigrated with her family in 1958 to California, and became a naturalized citizen in 1969.

That same year, she began her writing career, and in 1972, her first book, "The Two Giants" was published. In 1976, "One More Flight" won the Golden Kite Medal, and in 1978, "Ghost of Summer" won the Southern California's Council on Literature for Children and Young People's Award for fiction. "Smokey Night" won the American Library Association's Randolph Caldecott Medal in 1995 and "Winter's Coming" was voted one of the 10 Best Books of 1977 by the New York Times.

Bunting is involved in many writer's organizations such as P.E.N., The Authors Guild, the California Writer's Guild and the Society of Children's Book Writers. She has published stories in both Cricket, and Jack and Jill Magazines, and has written over 150 books in various genres such as children's books, contemporary, historic and realistic fiction, poetry, nonfiction and humor.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

Booklist Review

Ages 4-7. The young narrator of this handsome picture book is awakened by a ``Woooooo'' outside his window. He comforts his dog, Biff, by telling him it's just the wind, but as the boy wanders through the house looking for his parents, he is not so sure that the moans, creaks, and clatters he hears are really run-of-the-mill nighttime noises. His parents aren't in their room, the clock is striking 12, and his most frightening moment comes when he sees a horrible, shapeless blob, covered in white. The blob turns out to be the boy's reflection in a mirror and the whiteness is Biff, whom he's carrying. At last the two find Mom and Dad, who have moved to the sofa bed because the lights have gone out and a banging tree branch was keeping them awake. ``Biff thought you left us,'' the boy says. ``Silly Biff! Don't you know we'd never leave you two guys?'' Mom answers, comforting both of them. Bunting captures the inherent scariness of being alone in a darkened house, and Carrick's superb full-color artwork heightens the mood. Unusual perspectives, effective dark colors, and dreamlike scenes should fascinate children, who will identify completely with the narrator's fear. At the closing, a warm family circle, cast in a candle's golden glow, will assuage all the bad feelings engendered by the scary night. IC. Night Fiction / Fear Fiction / Dogs Fiction [CIP] 86-31674

Publisher's Weekly Review

When Jake wakes up at midnight, strange shapes loom large and frightening sounds are everywhere, but the reassuring appearance of his parents sets everything right. PW praised Carrick's ``splendid paintings . . . with corners full of horrible shadows.'' Ages 3-6. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-This follow-along book and cassette compassionately captures a child's fears of storms, of the dark, and of being left alone. The plot is realistic and simplistic enough for children to understand and follow. Jake and his sacred dog, Biff, wake up one night to an eerie sound. He turns on the light in his room, but it does not come on. Jake decides to go sleep with his parents, but they are not in their bedroom. Trying to be brave for his dog's sake, he goes downstairs to check and that is when he hears the clock chiming midnight. After a series of comical events, Jake finds his mom and dad sleeping in the living room. His mom tells Biff that it is okay to be scared during the storm, that we all get scared sometimes. The book's illustrations by Donald Carrick complement Eve Bunting's story (HM, 1987) through their soft lines and darker colors which depict an image of mystery and night. Suitable for individual use, this package would be an excellent addition to school and public library read-along collections. The spooky tone of the story may lend itself well to a Halloween collection as well.-Sarah Smith, Harrison Community Library, MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2 Near midnight on a windy night in late autumn, a small boy awakens. Not only are the nighttime sounds frightening to him and his dog, but the lights aren't working and his parents aren't in their bedroom. He confronts creaks and howling (both his and the dog's) before he finds his parents, who are sleeping downstairs, and who comfort him. Bunting masterfully paces her story, with each fear of the child climaxing in his discovery of the basis for the sound. The images that frighten the narrator will also make young readers and listeners feel shivery, but in each case, the rational explanation will reassure them. The narrator's range of emotionsbeing scared but trying not to show it, transferring his feelings to his dog, and his overwhelming relief at finding his fatheris marvelously portrayed in the text through small details. Bunting also provides a range of sensory details that make the boy's experiences readily identifiable. The text is extended by Carrick's paintings, most of which brood with the darkness and mystery of a house in the night. Each is a full page-and-a-third; all show a remarkable vitality. Carrick's palette, and the book's tone, change completely when the boy, with his parents, is no longer afraid: warm, comforting gold tones then enrobe the family. A book that provides the perfect blend of chills and comfort. David Gale, ``School Library Journal'' (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.