Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool
Author: Leo Landry
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Oliver the Ghost’s favorite day of the year is Halloween because every Halloween he has a party for all of his friends. The empty house at the end of the street where he lives needs to be prepared, so Oliver wakes up all the black cats, puts dust on the furniture, and welcomes the spiders. He takes invitations to mailboxes, tombstones, and a dark cave. As he rushes home he doesn’t notice that one of his invitations has fallen out of his bag. Witches, skeletons, ghosts, and bats have come for the party when there is a knock at the door. Who could it be, all of his guests have already arrived?
Author/illustrator Landry grew up drawing and telling stories. His love of books began a twenty year career working in a bookstore where he could read to his heart’s content. In 2006 he started a new profession and began writing and illustrating his own books full-time. Landry’s simple, colorful pencil and watercolor drawings are sure to appeal to small children as they are read to by a parent or teacher. This charming tale of inclusion, generosity and fun will delight youngsters, especially at Halloween.