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There's a Ghost in this House

Oliver Jeffers



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05 October 2021

ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A new Jeffers is always a wonderful thing, but this one excels in terms of design! The story concerns a young girl who knows there are ghosts in the old rambling mansion she lives in, though she is yet to actually see one. She thinks they might be white with holes for eyes, but as she's still looking for them, she isn't sure and invites the reader to help her look. This is where the cleverness of the book's design occurs: interleaved between the illustrated pages are translucent waxed parchment tracing pages with splashes of white paint and pairs of tiny black dots that almost fade into the background. But when seen from the other side, the white blotches are transformed into ghosts, and the dots into eyes! The illustrations are a clever collage from architectural reference books and old furniture catalogues, drawn-in details and 'a bit of paint' plus a lot of skill. Great fun for readers of all ages!  Lindy

A captivating new picture book with interactive transparent pages, from world-renowned artist Oliver Jeffers. Hello, come in. Maybe you can help me?

A young girl lives in a haunted house, but has never seen a ghost. Are they white with holes for eyes? Are they hard to see? She'd love to know! Step inside and turn the transparent pages to help her on an entertaining ghost hunt, from behind the sofa, right up to the attic. With lots of friendly ghost surprises and incredible mixed media illustrations, this unique and funny book will entertain young readers over and over again!
By:   Oliver Jeffers
Imprint:   HARPER360
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 331mm,  Width: 216mm,  Spine: 6mm
Weight:   680g
ISBN:   9780008298357
ISBN 10:   0008298351
Pages:   44
Publication Date:   05 October 2021
Recommended Age:   From 3 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Oliver Jeffers graduated from The University of Ulster in 2001 with First Class honours. His outstanding talent has been recognised by several high-profile awards, including the Nestle Children's Book Prize Gold Award. 'Lost and Found' animation was broadcast on Channel 4. Oliver lives and works in Brookyln, New York.

Reviews for There's a Ghost in this House

Praise for Here We Are: The witty images are atmospheric and full of enthralling detail Nicolette Jones / The Times An optimistic snapshot of contemporary life, this heartfelt hug of a book ought to become a classic The Guardian Beautiful illustrations Creative Review There is a childlike awe and wonder about the stars and planets in the book The Irish Times 'Delightfully illustrated' Time 'Beautifully illustrated' Artists & Illustrators 'This performer had assured pace and charm. The storytelling was captivating and a beautifully realised gem, with a surprise ending. Gorgeous!' Audio Production Awards judges

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