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Oh no, not ghosts!
1st ed.
Publication Information:
Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2006.
Physical Description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.
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An older brother "reassures" his younger sister about all the creatures that she imagines lurking in the dark bedroom, but his words only scare her more.


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Shhhhh! Dad said not to make a peep, so that he could get some sleep. But what if something is wriggling, sniggling, and slithering in the shadows? And did that floorboard just creeeeeak ? Each ghoulish possibility seems worse than the last, until--what was that? Oh no, not . . . !

Richard Michelson's zinging rhymes and Adam McCauley's moonlit illustrations will transport readers beyond the bedroom walls to a magical nighttime world where imagination rules.

Author Notes

RICHARD MICHELSON is a prizewinning poet and author of several other picture books, including Ten Times Better , illustrated by Leonard Baskin. He is the owner of R. Michelson Galleries and lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

ADAM McCAULEY has illustrated many other books for children, including the Time Warp Trio series by Jon Scieszka and Martin MacGregor's Snowman by Lisa Broadie Cook. He lives in San Francisco, California.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-Two siblings are supposed to be settling down to sleep, but their imaginations run wild. Big brother increases his sister's mounting anxiety with dodgy reassurances such as, "It's okay that you're small and weak/Be smart! Just make a high-pitched Shrieeek/I've seen a teeny demon frighten/the biggest, meanest, greenest titan." She replies: "Demons? Oh no, not demons!" In rhyming verse, he slyly details how he would scare away such intruders as goblins, giants, and skeletons. His teasing has little sis cowering behind the covers until their fuming dad appears. McCauley's mixed-media illustrations feature dark, atmospheric backgrounds. Pointy-toothed werewolves cast eerie shadows on the bedroom wall, and a giant's foot has nightmarish proportions. This slightly spooky title offers lots of bewitching fun.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

In Michelson's (Happy Feet) prime example of the powers of suggestion, a boy consoles his timid sister before bed: "It's only wind./ Ignore that sound./ You're safe./ There are no ghosts around." She protests ("Oh no, not ghosts!"), so he gamely puts on a werewolf mask to chase the ghouls away. "Oh no, not werewolves!" she squeaks, as her imagination summons slavering wolves, a cackling shadow-witch and a skeleton in the closet. McCauley (Mom and Dad Are Palindromes) tweaks the intensity with sharp-edged, high-contrast linocuts. In his endpapers, a leafy blue-on-blue wallpaper pattern resolves into bats and faces, the perfect way to open and close this feverish, funny tale. Readers wishing to counter the scaredy-cat-girl clich? should try Jarrett J. Krosoczka's Annie Was Warned, or McGhee and Bliss's A Very Brave Witch (reviewed below). Ages 3-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Kirkus Review

It's a dark and creepy night, and a boy and girl are supposed to sleeping. Their father is already asleep, and they are not to wake him! When the wind howls, the girl grows alarmed, and her brother calms her down--sort of. He tells her it's the wind, not a ghost, which naturally brings to mind ghosts. ("Ghosts? Oh no, not ghosts!") The girl shouldn't worry about ghosts, though, because her brother says he would dress up like a werewolf to frighten the ghosts away. ("Werewolves? Oh no, not werewolves!") And he'd bellow like a giant. A Giant? Well, giants can be frightened by demons, of course. Demons? They can be turned to cats by witches. No worries, though, because witches skedaddle when they see skeletons. When the girl is older, she'll realize that there's nothing to be afraid of, her brother explains. Except--uh oh--who's that at the top of the stairs? Repetitive text makes this a strong read-aloud, and the dark pictures have just the right amount of spookiness. A straightforward, humorous tale, perfect for Halloween. (Picture book. 4-6) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.