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Summary: Leo is a ghost who lived alone in his house for a very long time. But when a new family moves in, his presence is unwanted. So Leo sets out on an adventure in the city he once knew. and finds a new friend, a new home, and a chance to save the day. This picture book features a friendly ghost who helps children understand change, friendship, and acceptance.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 8 and Up
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Reading Level: 2.9
Age of Child: Read with children ages 3 and 5.
Young Reader Reaction: I picked this the first time. My kids really enjoyed Leo and requested repeated readings. I wasn't surprised that my older child liked it, but that my younger child did. He's normally scared by ghosts but since Leo is such a sweet character and it's such a fun book, he enjoyed it.
Adult Reader Reaction: I liked this book, Leo is a very sweet protagonist and it's a lovely story about a boy and his friendship with an imaginative little girl.
Pros: Fun illustrations, a sweet ghost and a spunky little girl will have young readers asking for this over and over again.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. It's a great book that we would check out from the library, but I don't think we would buy it.
Educational Themes: The story makes it easy to explore feelings (loneliness, change) with young children, as well as friendship. There are logical spots to stop and ask kids how they would feel or how they think Leo feels. With older kids, it can be the prompt for creating an imaginative story.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, friendship, fantasy
Date(s) Reviewed: February 2016
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com.