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Title:
We're going on a ghost hunt
Author:
Vaughan, Marcia K.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
San Diego : Silver Whistle, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
When trick-or-treaters let their imaginations run wild, ordinary backyard items seem spooky, so that a mud puddle looks like a swamp and tree branches look like skeletons.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
BR 0 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.5 0.5 50100.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.7 1 Quiz: 31316 Guided reading level: G.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780152023539
Format :
Book

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Summary

The way is full of spooky surprises, but these little ghost hunters are eager to find their very own ghost, and every brave young explorer in your neighborhood will be eager to join them.
Charming and exciting, with just a touch of scary, this ghostly trek fosters independence while offering reassurance. The rhythmic text and warm, vibrant art create an inviting adventure worth experiencing time and again!


Author Notes

MARCIA VAUGHN has written many books for children, including Whistling Dixie , an ALA Notable Children's Book. She lives in Washington State.

ANN SCHWENINGER has illustrated more than forty books for children, including the beloved Oliver and Amanda Pig books. She lives in upstate New York.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4-8. Reminiscent of the popular chant "We're Going on a Bear Hunt," this brightly illustrated romp features two costumed children who venture out into the neighborhood in search of a ghost. Each verse begins with "We're going on a ghost hunt to catch a trick-or-treat ghost. / We're not afraid . . . looking high looking low." Along the way, the children encounter various obstacles: an "ooky spooky" swamp, a haunted house with goblins, bats who skitter and scat, and dancing skeleton bones. When they enter a cave and spot the ghost, they become frightened and run back past the haunts. The reassuring last page reveals that the ghost is only a sheet draped over a chair. The often-rhymed text is filled with sound effects that invite children to chant along. The catchy text coupled with the bright, bold-lined illustrations make this a good read-aloud for an autumn pre-school story hour. --Helen Rosenberg


Publisher's Weekly Review

Two children and a puppy bound across their backyard, "Looking high./ Looking low./ Off on a ghost hunt./ Here we go!" They "scat" past bats and "run and shout" past skeletons. When they retreat from a billowy apparition (which wears sneakers just like Mom's), the bats and skeletons become falling leaves and spindly trees. Vaughan's (Whistling Dixie) intermittent rhythms and long refrains proceed fitfully, but her italicized verbs add energy and crank up the wordplay. In color-saturated linocuts, Oliver and Amanda Pig series illustrator Schweninger pictures the hearty hunters marching in step. Even timid ghostbusters won't shiver. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-In this takeoff on "We're Going on a Bear Hunt," two young children and their puppy set out to find a ghost. Chanting "We're not afraid./-No, we're not afraid at all!," they wade across a spooky mud-puddle swamp, dash past a haunted house, scurry under big black bats, then come across tree branches that look like skeleton bones and finally come to a creepy cave with a great, big, scary ghost inside. Hastily they retrace their steps, arriving home safe at last into the security of mother's outstretched arms. Large, cheery illustrations done in linoleum cut and printed with oil-base block-printing ink and watercolors ensure that this story told in rhyme is not too frightening for the very young. A good choice for preschoolers and beginning readers who want something just a tad scary for Halloween.- Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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