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Publisher: HarperTrophy, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,
Summary: The Spooks and Spirits Club is having a contest: First prize to the ghost who creates a monster that has never been seen before. But the Teeny Tiny Ghost is not only out of ideas, but he's afraid of everyone else's suggestions. What will he do? This is a holiday story where the ghosts are the protagonists.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, read aloud book, transitional reader, chapter
Recommended Age: read together: 4 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 12
Interest Level: 4 to 10
Reading Level: 3.4
Age of Child: Read with 5-year-old child.
Young Reader Reaction: Our child loves ghost and monster stories, but this one never caught on.
Adult Reader Reaction: If I had to read "teeny tiny" one more time, I thought I'd scream. It was Okay at first, and it's clearly supposed to set context for everything, but it got annoying, and fast.
Pros: The story uses a seasonal tale to tell a bully-type story. Young readers can not only empathize, but also be inspired by the creativity of the Teeny Tiny Ghost.
Cons: There cadence flows awkwardly. Between the number of "teeny tiny" repetitions and an on-again-off-again rhyming scheme, it takes several readings to put it all together.
Borrow or Buy: Skip it. There are some really fun stories out there that are both seasonal AND deal with fear and bullies, too.