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Leo: A Ghost Story

Leo: A Ghost Story

Fall 2015 Picture Books
Ages: 3 - 5 yrs.
Author: Mac Barnett
Illustrator: Christian Robinson
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 978-1452131566
Hardcover Price: $16.99

Leo the ghost is a very good host. But when his welcoming mint tea was met with anger, suspicion, and fear, Leo saw the writing on the wall. The family who moved into his home didn't want him, so he moved out. Just like that. He wandered through the city he once knew, but found it now unfamiliar, noisy and utterly unfriendly - especially to someone different, someone unseen. One day, Leo meets Jane who not only sees him but invites him to play. Their friendship and their imaginations thrive. When Leo has to admit to Jane that he's not her imaginary friend, he's her real ghost friend, Jane doesn't miss a beat: "Well that's even better."

Mac Barnett's elegant tribute to friendship is stylishly echoed by Christian Robinson's drawings and color palette. This total charmer is a keeper.

Claire Green   ©2015 Parents' Choice
Claire is president of Parents' Choice Foundation and cofounder of Sandbox Summit®. She looks for toys and media that will unleash children's interests, and celebrate the fun of learning.

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