The Blue Bunny is hosting a special Halloween book signing event for the new chapter book Rules for Ghosting and picture book A Ghost in the House with author Ammi-Joan Paquette on Friday, October 18th, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
About A Ghost in the House:
When a little ghost goes slip-sliding down the hallway, he suddenly hears… a groan! Turns out it’s only a friendly mummy, who shuffles along with the ghost, until they encounter… a monster! As the cautious explorers continue, they find a surprise at every turn — and add another adorably ghoulish friend to the count. But you’ll never guess who is the scariest creature in the house!
Boo! Watch out for this rollicking, cumulative counting book for a Halloween treat that’s more playful than scary.
“This cumulative counting story consists of full-spread, digital artwork that features nonthreatening creatures set against smudgy backgrounds that evoke the feeling of an old, abandoned house. The simple rhyme has a bouncy rhythm that would make this book an enjoyable read-aloud for a not-so-scary storytime. This slightly spooky tale does not mention Halloween, so it can be enjoyed year-round.” —School Library Journal
“Writing in peppy, evocative verse, Paquette introduces the amiable residents of a haunted house, starting with a bloblike blue ghost, who is frightened when he hears a groan.… Record’s digital cartoons playfully suggest that fear is in the eye of the beholder.” —Publishers Weekly
About The Rules for Ghosting:
The ghostly adventures of twelve-year-old Dahlia, along with her new living friends Oliver and Poppy, as they dodge a creepy Ghosterminator, a town official with devious plans, and set about solving the mystery of Dahlia’s death — before it’s too late.
“Paquette creates vividly detailed depictions of a ghostly existence. She delves into the practicalities of being a ghost, offers a hilarious interpretation of a ghost-run bureaucracy, and describes fanciful ghost-tracking and -trapping gadgetry. As Dahlia and Oliver search for answers, surprising plot developments will keep readers re-evaluating the clues until the story’s thrilling conclusion. Paquette’s high-spirited tale featuring a benign, good-natured ghost offers readers an imaginative, intriguing mystery.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Dahlia and Oliver are likable and capable protagonists. Dahlia’s desire for closure and knowledge of her past and Oliver’s craving for a real home drive their actions, but both are quick to come to each other’s aid along with Oliver’s younger sister, Poppy. The story is nicely paced with short chapters… this is an entertaining read for children who enjoy gentle ghost stories.” –School Library Journal
Ammi-Joan Paquette has never met a ghost, mummy, monster, skeleton, or witch — as far as she knows. This book, she says, was inspired by a game she used to play with her sister: “Most of the details have been lost to time, but I still remember the shivery thrill I got when we played it. So, I drew on that same energy to write a spooky picture book, which eventually became A Ghost in the House.” In addition to writing, Joan is also a literary agent representing authors of children’s books. She lives outside Boston with her family.