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There's a Ghost in this House

Written by Oliver Jeffers

Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

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There's a Ghost in this House Review

Featured Books for 3+ readers Horror & Ghost Stories Humorous

An instant favourite from this renowned artist

A young girl lives in an old house – she thinks there may be a ghost, but she has never seen one. Perhaps the reader can help her find the ghost, or maybe more than one…

This is a beautiful, funny, spooky picture book that will captivate children of all ages. The girl in the sumptuous house – built in 1760 – has been searching for her ghost and wonders if the reader can help – well, yes, we can – but that doesn’t really help her. The delightful gentle humour of the sparse text and the big greyscale illustrations of the house complement the brightly coloured small girl showing us around – and as we turn the transparent pages, we can see the array of friendly ghosts in all the parts of the house. They hide in plain sight, in the chandeliers, in the hall, under and over the bed – everywhere that will make children giggle with joy as they see them – and the little girl doesn’t.

The transparent pages are very cleverly designed and printed so that the ‘ghosts’ only show up on the page turn against the darker illustrations of the house. What a brilliant idea! This will be a favourite for many years to come and be looked at every Halloween – as well as during the rest of the year.

Tricia Adams

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A message from the author, Oliver Jeffers;   "Nothing grasped my imagination more as a kid (in good and bad ways) than creepy old houses. They fascinated me, and the idea that ghosts might wander the halls enthralled and terrified me in equal measure; I’m the sort of person who can only watch a scary film at noon with all the lights in the house turned on, and from between my fingers. For years I have collected old furniture catalogues, and publications of grand old houses- all filled with photographs of empty rooms. So perhaps it was always inevitable that I would one day populate them with ghosts. It is also a well-known character trait of mine that I’m terrible at looking for things- I honestly was unable to locate the other end of a hose once- and there is something intriguing about the notion that sometimes you can want for something too much to ever be able to find it."

There's a Ghost in this House Synopsis

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. 

A captivating new picture book with interactive transparent pages, from world-renowned artist Oliver Jeffers. With lots of friendly ghost surprises and incredible mixed media illustrations, this unique and funny book will entertain young readers over and over again!

There's a Ghost in this House Press Reviews

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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ISBN: 9780008298357
Publication date: 05/10/2021
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008298357
Publication date: 5th October 2021
Author: Oliver Jeffers
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 44 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers
Genres: Horror & Ghost Stories, Humorous
Collections: Scary Reads for Halloween!,

About Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers has won numerous awards and delighted millions of kids and parents alike with his beautifully hand illustrated stories.  Jeffers's picture books are wonderfully accessible. They explore themes of friendship, loneliness, independence and imagination. He has written and illustrated, or "made", as he prefers to put it, five hugely successful picture books. The first three - the "boy books" - feature a small boy who sets off on a series of daunting quests. How to Catch a Star (2004), the first of them, was inspired by a Brer Rabbit story he read as a child. In Lost and Found (2005) ...

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