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The Poltergoose : a Jiggy McCue story
Lawrence, Michael.
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First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, 2002.

Physical Description:
132 pages ; 22 cm
After moving to a new house Jiggy is haunted by the ghost of a goose, and his friends join him in trying to lay her spirit to rest.
General Note:
Originally published: London : Orchard Books, 1999.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.3 3.0 57151.
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"When Jiggy McCue moves to the Brook Farm Estates, strange things start happening-something big and angry and invisible keeps hissing at him and poking his rear end. When Jiggy realizes he's being haunted by a dead goose-a Poltergoose-he calls on his friends Pete and Angie for help. Together the Three Musketeers (whose motto is ""One for all, and all for lunch!"") set off to find out where the poltergoose came from, why it's haunting Jiggy, and how to send it back where it belongs. With a wisecracking narrator, totally wacky plot, and tons of gross-out humor, The Poltergoose is laugh-out-loud funny and perfect for today's kids. "

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4-7. Young Jiggy McCue moves with his parents to a new subdivision called Brook Farm Estate in what used to be a patch of the English countryside. Unfortunately, their new home has displaced the final resting-place of a goose named Hetty, whose ghost has the nasty and aggressive personality of a living goose. Of course, no one believes Jiggy's accounts of the ghost goose, and his cause is not helped by his smart mouth and hyperactive ways. Eventually, with the help of friends, Jiggy finds a more suitable grave for Hetty, ending the haunting and the collateral damage it caused. Much of the novel's humor comes from the lower reaches of British comedy, with bodily wastes and accompanying smells featured heavily. Jiggy keeps up a smart-alecky, first-person narration that many young readers will find appealing, although not all the comedy works. The result is a story with some laughs, interspersed with a lot of honking and flapping. --Todd Morning

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-Jiggy McCue is being haunted. Something throws pillows across the room, pulls covers off the bed, and generally wreaks loud, hissing havoc all over the family's new house. His parents are blaming him for all the mess and his friends Pete and Angie think he's gone nuts. Then, the flapping phantom follows Jiggy to school and attacks his homeroom-invisible wings strike left and right and an invisible beak pecks at exposed sensitive body parts. Once again, Jiggy has to take the rap, but by now, his friends are convinced that he is the victim of a poltergoose. They identify the avian apparition as the deceased animal companion of grouchy former landowner Linus Brook. The old man tearfully explains that his temperamental pet had been run over by a bulldozer during the construction of the new subdivision, and had been buried unceremoniously in the nearest yard-Jiggy's. Evidently, the ghostly goose is seeking to be exhumed from her hasty grave and laid decently to rest near her old home, which, unfortunately, is now the site of a large shopping mall. Despite a plot based on digging up a long-dead bird and hiding the corpse until it can be reinterred, there is no explicit gore or gross-out humor. Jiggy and his friends are believable, realistic characters, although adults are shown as essentially clueless. The first-person narration is crisp and the dialogue has the authentic ring of adolescent banter. Middle schoolers will enjoy this off-the-wall combination of chills and belly laughs.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.