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Leo: A Ghost Story

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The simple story is deeper than it seems at first, about the power of perception, the innocence of childhood, and the longing to fit in. Your reviews are noticed and appreciated, and, even though I keep up with kids lit, it's unlikely I would have found this on my own! Especially as we start up a new school year, Leo the ghost is a great example of finding friends, both real and imaginary. This is Leo, who is a obviously a ghost; we never learn his back story or how he came to be alone in the house. Christian Robinson, the book’s illustrator, is one of the most exciting children’s book artists working today.

What I love about this is Leo gave up his home and everything he loved so that this family would be comfortable in his own house. It emphasizes that African-Americn children (that all kinds of children) lead rich imaginative lives, without drawing undue attention to the lesson. This book is charming and has a story structure that keeps you guessing what is going to happen and what the resolution will be ; not one of those one, two, three punch kids stories. Leo, the ghost whom most people can't see, leaves his home when the new inhabitants make him feel unwanted. One particularly great thing about this book is that the pictures are all drawn in different shades of blue.At some point, my wife made a comment about the quality of my driving,and the danger that I was putting our guest in. A lifeless story about the ghost of a child who gets evicted from his house and then confused for an imaginary friend.

Although there is a ghost it is not scary at all, unless you have already made your tiny tot terrified of the mere word, in which case you are shit parent. From the brilliant author of Extra Yarn and Sam and Dave Dig a Hole comes this sweet story of a friendship that goes beyond the land of the living. Last year, after our yearly author visit, I was driving through downtown Montgomery to have dinner with my wife (in the passenger seat) and Mac Barnett ( in the back seat).Mac immediately establishes a connection with the reader by breaking the fourth wall and allowing them to see Leo with the first page turn when not many others in the story can see him. Christian Robinson can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned, but I do prefer his less monochromatic work. I read it together with two other titles featuring imaginary friends - The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend and Imaginary Fred - and was struck by the fact that all three books address the longing for connection, in their diverse ways. Some bookmakers have achieved that goal well with depth and humor, but Leo: A Ghost Story doesn't make the cut.

Leo the ghost lived a life of quiet solitude in an abandoned house on the edge of the city, until the day a new family moved in. Together, words and pictures construct a whimsical, delightful story that deeply respects the child. It’s a warm and wise story about acceptance trumping difference—including that between life and death. The only thing that could make this better is that we get sequel after sequel after sequel following Leo and Jane. D’une plume tout en fine sensibilité, Mac Barnett sait tricoter une adorable vérité entre les oeillères du réel.None of those things are central to the story but they're there, quietly informing young minds about the world and I thought that was pretty cool. Mac Barnett and Christian Robinson create such a unique little story and empathetic characters, that I feel like children would get heavily invested in this picture book as well, and outwardly emote in reaction to the story as it goes. He openly welcomed the new family into his home, but, the family was scared and desperate and a little bit hateful of their housemate, so Leo hits the road as a roaming ghost. Morbidly amused, but also genuinely curious, I turned to Mac and asked, “If we did all die in a fiery crash tonight, how many books do you have finished that would still be published posthumously?

Jane and Leo have lots of fun together but being a ghost is not the same as being imaginary; and Leo’s ghostly nature might just save the day! A few have two or three sold ahead of time, but haven’t written them yet, and even less have two or three finished waiting for publication, but SEVEN? In any case, this was a sweet tale made all the better by Robinson's illustrations, done in acrylic paint and cut-out paper, in varying shades of blue, brown and black. We're not sure how long Leo wanders, but he is a lonely ghost in a foreign world, for we find out that his town has changed considerably since Leo became a ghost.At it's heart, this tale is an affirmation of friendship and acceptance, with Leo learning that a true friend will love him as he is. Leo's new friend, Jane, is a black girl who has a huge imagination (and also wears the ponytail balls in her hair and I wanted those sooo badly when I was little but my mom couldn't make them work so I was just envious of all the girls who could wear them, a memory which surfaced when I saw Jane, but in a lovingly sentimental way, no spite at all). Leo, an unwanted ghost is all by himself, aimlessly wanders about until he befriends Jane - and things change.

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