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Ten Timid Ghosts - Jennifer O'Connell

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Jennifer O'Connell / 32 pages / Book published 2000-08 by Scholastic

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      14.03.2011 19:52
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      Frightful!

      My son is three years old and has a rather impressive imagination. After being read a story about ghosts at nursery one day he quickly developed an interest in all things spooky. I wasn't as impressed however when one evening he told me there was a ghost in our garden and went into great detail about it too! As an incentive for him to do well at nursery, my husband promised him a book about his latest interest if he received a good behaviour sticker in nursery that week. It didn't take him long to come home proudly sporting a gold star sticker and so my husband ordered a suitable ghost book. This book was Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O'Connell. This is a paperback book and is priced at just £2.48 with free delivery from Amazon. It is a relatively small book measuring 19.9 x 19.9 x 0.4 cm and has 32 pages in total. In my opinion the quality of the book is rather flimsy. The cover has a shiny surface but has little strength due to just how thin it is. The pages within are also very thin paper. Despite this, there has been as yet no damage to it, although we have only owned it for around a month. The illustrations inside also overlap a little at the centre of each page, as it has been stapled a little too far over. I think that the price reflects the size and quality and I would not expect to pay any more than this. The story itself is written in rhyme. I love books that are written this way as they are simply a joy to read. Once read a few times, they are also easy to remember, allowing children to join in and also adults to know which line comes next should an over enthusiastic child turn the page too quickly, something that happens very often with my children! The story is set in a haunted house where ten timid ghosts live. One day a witch decides to move in and she wants all of the ghosts out. She scares each one away rather easily using props such as a skeleton, a toy bat, a stuffed cat and a remote controlled mouse. The actual text does not mention that these props are not real, for instance one page reads 'One saw a bat and didn't wait. She flew to the woods and then there were eight'. It is only evident that this is a toy bat when looking at the illustrations. The ghosts are gradually reduced from ten to none and once all ten of them are in the woods, they plot revenge and go back into the house together to scare the witch away, a little too easily I think! This story is too simple for my liking, it does not have much substance or humour. My children have lots of books and this one is barely picked up since the first time it was read. It does have a slight educational benefit in that it teaches counting back from ten to zero a well as teaching rhyming words. Overall however I was rather let down with this and very glad that I only paid £2.48 and no more. I am now on the look-out for a much better ghost related book to buy for my son so any suggestions are very welcome! ISBN: 0-439-15804-4

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