Leo: A Ghost Story

Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Christian Robinson

I grabbed this one because I love the illustrator.  Christian Robinson did the pictures for the amazing Last Stop on Market Street so he’s pretty much sold me on books he’s worked on.  In Leo: A Ghost Story I loved seeing how he handled a ghost, real people and some imaginary friends.  As always, Robinson draws a cast with diversity.  Always a huge plus in my book.

Mac Barnett presents a fresh take on making friends and what’s important in a friendship. Leo has been living alone, but when a family forces him to give up his home, he sets out to wander.  As it turns out he finds a new home and a new friend in the city.

While it’s not actually scary and avoids all mention of how someone gets to be a ghost (especially a child ghost), there are some parts that younger readers might find unsettling.  Some will ask questions about ghosts.  There’s a home invasion which done as innocuously as possible with a “sneak thief” stealing some silverware, but that still might worry some younger readers particularly if they already have fears about this type of thing.

Age Recommendation: Elementary school is probably the best audience for this. While my toddler seems okay with it, I suspect he’s not catching it all.  For listeners younger than KindergartenI enjoyment and understanding of this is going to be highly kid dependent.  I expect that school age children will take away some nice lessons about being a friend.

Sex, Nudity, Dating – None.
Profanity – None.
Death, Violence and Gore – There’s a ghost.
Drugs, Alcohol and Smoking – None.
Frightening or Intense Things – A burglar breaks into someone’s house.

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