The creators of the Regarding the . . . series begin a clever new series set in a Victorian mansion occupied by an irritable ghost, told in letters, drawings, newspaper articles, and even an occasional tombstone engraving. Illustrations.The creators of the Regarding the . . . series begin a clever new series set in a Victorian mansion occupied by an irritable ghost, told in letters, drawings, newspaper articles, and even an occasional tombstone engraving. Illustrations.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2009-04-13 This fresh, funny launch of the 43 Old Cemetery Road series introduces an eccentric cast with pun-tastic names. I.B. Grumply, a cranky children's book author with writer's block, rents a dilapidated Victorian mansion (from realtor Anita Sale) in the town of Ghastly in hopes of writing an addition to his Ghost Tamers series (publisher: Paige Turner). He discovers that the owners have left their son Seymour behind while-in one of several ironic twists-they tour Europe debunking the existence of ghosts. Seymour does indeed "see more" than others: he has befriended Olive C. Spence, a feisty ghost who has vowed to haunt the house until she accomplishes what she couldn't in life-publish a book. As in the "Regarding the..." series, written by these sibling collaborators, the story unfolds through characters' correspondence ("The man is impossible! I should've dropped THREE chandeliers on his head," Olive writes Seymour about Grumply) as well as other documents, including illustrated pages from the local tabloid. Despite a slightly sappy denouement, the story is light enough for more tentative readers, with many humorous details to reward those who look closer. Ages 8-12. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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