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Leo, a ghost story

Leo, a ghost story

About the Book

Author: Mac Barnett

Age Range: 0-2 Years 3-5 Years 5-7 Years

Publisher: Chronicle Kids

Price: £10.99, hardback

Review

Most people cannot see ghosts – which is why, when lonely Leo produces a tray of delicious snacks to welcome the family that’s just moved into the house he’s been peacefully haunting for years, the response he gets is not the one for which he is hoping.

Fear and rejection (not to mention a succession of expert would-be exorcists) send him wandering off in search of somewhere more welcoming, but he finds the city that he used to know has changed, becoming strange and confusing.

It looks as though Leo will be on his own forever, invisible to everyone he passes – until he happens to meet a little girl with an imagination that’s both powerful and big-hearted enough to include him in her world.

This tender, wistful tale of friendship, innocence and belief is an absolute joy – simply and movingly told, with quirky illustrations that tug at the heartstrings even as they raise a smile.

Perfect for sharing in a quiet corner on a rainy day, it’s the sort of book that is likely to soothe jangled spirits and bring calm to a chaotic room – as well as put everyone in the mood for ‘mint tea and honey toast’.

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