Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool
Author: Kazuno Kohara
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
A little girl goes to live in an old house at the edge of town, but the house is haunted. It’s a good thing that the girl isn’t just any girl. She’s also a witch! She knows how to catch ghosts, which is a good thing because she has quite a few that she needs to catch. She puts them in the washing machine and then hangs them on the clothesline to dry. Afterwards, they become great curtains, tablecloths, and blankets so that they can all live happily ever after.
This book has a great mix of Halloween fun that combines scariness with sweetness. The illustrations are all orange, black, and white, creating a Halloween feel with the contrast. The text is very simple, but the illustrations make the book more amusing. Some people might have a problem with how the witch transforms the ghosts to suit her needs, but the ghosts look smiling and happy in their new roles. This book should please even very young Halloween fans.