Hush, Baby Ghostling by Andrea Beatty, illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre.
It’s morning, so it’s time for Baby Ghostling to head to bed in their castle tower. Mother ghost tucks him in and urges him to think about monsters, owls, bats, and more. She leaves the darkness on in the hall, because he is scared of the light. And finally, she reassures him that the blonde boy he sees in his dreams is not there because “childlings” are make-believe.
This is a clever twist on the bedtime story. I especially like the part about leaving the darkness on in the hall. Beatty’s text is rhyming and has a nice lilting rhythm. It is a lullaby of a book where the rhymes work well. Lemaitre’s illustrations nicely combine a softness of background and light with characters drawn in thick lines. The parts about the different monsters, bats and owls are illustrated with a variety of beasts, but they appear playing in playgrounds, blowing bubbles, and doing other silly, everyday things.
This is perfect for a Halloween story time with smaller children because it isn’t scary at all. In fact, children will enjoy being seen as the frightening ones. Appropriate for ages 2-4.
Reviewed from copy received from publisher.
Also reviewed by Anastasia Suen.