Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara
It’s possible that this is the cutest book about ghosts ever made. If you want to send a little Halloween treat in the mail to a small child you know, this is just the thing!
A girl moves into a haunted house and is delighted to find it filled with ghosts. With a bit of know-how and a lot of basic home-economics skills, she quickly puts those ghosts to work (but I won’t spoil the book for you…I’ll let you see how!)
Kohara’s woodblock artwork is striking and whimsical, without the faintest scary touch. The black printing on orange pages will scratch your Halloween itch and the adorable ghosts will have your little ones (and maybe you) clamoring for your own set of house haunters.
Age Recommendation: My toddler loved it and I expect this would be a big hit all the way up through Kindergarten and first grade. It’s quite short and makes a great read aloud, possibly even before bed if it has been properly vetted as “not scary” earlier in the day.
Sex, Nudity, Dating – None.
Profanity – None.
Death, Violence and Gore – There’s a ghost.
Drugs, Alcohol and Smoking – None.
Frightening or Intense Things – None.