Monday, January 4, 2016

Book Review: The Ghost in the Attic

(Reclaimed from Blogjob. Tags: children’s storyfunny stories for beginning readersfunny stories for Halloweenfunny stories to read aloudgentle fiction,picture book.)

A Fair Trade Book
Title: The Ghost in the Attic
Author: Robyn Supraner
Date: 1979
Publisher: Troll Associates
ISBN: 0-89375-095-6
Length: pages not numbered
Illustrations: watercolors by Eulala Conner
Quote: “One morning, when Peter was eating his oatmeal, he heard a funny sound.”
It turned out to be a ghost. However, in the world Supraner invents for this book, there’s nothing frightening, dangerous, or “occult” about ghosts; they’re merely a different humanoid species. They start out young and have to learn how to do what the adults of their kind do. Peter, who is about the age of the intended readers of this book (grades one through three), has found a “ghostling” close to his own age.
This is an advanced picture book. Each two-page spread still contains a picture, but the words tell the story; the pictures are decorations.
The amount of wear my discarded library copy has received shows that children enjoy this book. It’s never made the top ten list, but it does seem to keep primary school students reading up to 50 or 100 words per page, and sounding out odd, even contrived words like “ghostling.”
Robyn Supraner is a living, active author who's written many other picture books, and recorded some of them as audiobooks. She even has a Linked In account, although Linked In now demands that I log in there to find her link (one more reason why very little ever happens on Linked In).
Accordingly, The Ghost in the Attic is a Fair Trade Book. You can find better prices on secondhand copies on Amazon by clicking on the picture, and since I sold the copy I physically owned long ago, you can expect that I'll resell a copy from Amazon if you buy it from me...for $5 per copy + $5 per package + $1 per online payment. However, there are two good reasons to buy it from me, which I'll spell out here (regular readers may skip).
1. You pay only one shipping fee per package. If you order Mrs. Wigglesworth's Secret, No Room for a Sneeze, Would You Rather Be a Tiger, and/or other books by Robyn Supraner--or if you order multiple copies of The Ghost in the Attic, or even order a mix of books by Supraner and other writers--you pay only $5 for shipping as many books as fit into one package. This means that you could probably get a full dozen of Supraner's picture books, depending on your selections, for only $65 altogether...and those people offering lower prices per book might not offer such a low price for that package.
2. I pay Supraner or a charity of her choice $1 for each of her books you buy here (by e-mailing salolianigodagewi, or sending a postcard to P.O. Box 322, as shown in the lower left-hand corner of the screen above the ad). Other booksellers don't encourage living authors in this way, either. And, if you do buy twelve of Supraner's picture books, she or her charity will receive $12.