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There’s A Ghost In This House

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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 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


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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 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

30 review for There’s A Ghost In This House

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jon Nakapalau

    Fun interactive book about a haunted house. A little girl takes you through the rooms and a transparent page that has 'images' of ghost between the pages then appears on each page! Very clever way of making the ghosts 'haunt' the rooms; small children will enjoy this trick! This is a great Halloween book! Fun interactive book about a haunted house. A little girl takes you through the rooms and a transparent page that has 'images' of ghost between the pages then appears on each page! Very clever way of making the ghosts 'haunt' the rooms; small children will enjoy this trick! This is a great Halloween book!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Figgy

    As always, Oliver Jeffers DELIVERS. This is a gorgeous, mixed-media picture book, with illustrations added to photographs of an old-timey Victorian-style mansion, with somewhat transparent overlay pages that encourage a rather pantomime like reading experience. The main character spends her times looking for ghosts in her house, and the reader can look at places in the image where they think ghosts might be hiding, before turning the overlay and discovering their hiding spots. This encourages an i As always, Oliver Jeffers DELIVERS. This is a gorgeous, mixed-media picture book, with illustrations added to photographs of an old-timey Victorian-style mansion, with somewhat transparent overlay pages that encourage a rather pantomime like reading experience. The main character spends her times looking for ghosts in her house, and the reader can look at places in the image where they think ghosts might be hiding, before turning the overlay and discovering their hiding spots. This encourages an interactive reading experience, with young readers wanting to call out "they're BEHIND you" as the character searches high and low for ghosts. As an artist, I love the style of using found media and adding a story to it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    biblio_mom (Aiza)

    How can you not love this book? I had so much fun with my 7 y.o turning pages after pages. I love the idea of the author using trace/oil paper that when you flipped the page onto the fully printed one, you can see the ghost silhouette. But I hope my son don't get the idea there's actually that kind of ghosts around him! hahaha 🤣 How can you not love this book? I had so much fun with my 7 y.o turning pages after pages. I love the idea of the author using trace/oil paper that when you flipped the page onto the fully printed one, you can see the ghost silhouette. But I hope my son don't get the idea there's actually that kind of ghosts around him! hahaha 🤣

  4. 5 out of 5

    Angelina

    Great format (hence the third star) and illustrations but the story was really thin (almost nonexistent). Sad to rate a book by Jeffers so low. Sigh.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    A beautifully presented book with a simple story and interesting layovers. But 9yo said “Meh”. Awaiting 6yo’s opinion! Edit: Bella loved it! 😊

  6. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    This is such a creative book!! I adore the art style and the transparent paper revealing the ghosts it’s so cute 🥰 5 stars

  7. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This was adorable, beautiful, and super fun for kids to find the ghosts! The transparent overlays were such a unique and clever way to reveal the hiding spirits who were very cute and not at all scary. I was totally charmed!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Oliver Jeffers ingeniously uses vellum throughout this book as a way to overlay pages so that, in a brilliant use of dramatic irony, the reader sees the ghosts but the main character does not. I can’t wait to read this one to my students.

  9. 4 out of 5

    David

    What a cool book! This large book has a graphic page on the left, and a large white page on the right with short text. But in-between is a thin semi-transparent page with a ghost or 2 or 3. So, when you turn the page, you see the graphic on the left, and the writing on the right without seeing the ghost(s), since they are white and on the semi-transparent page. Only when you try to turn the page, do the ghosts pop onto the left graphic page. Kids will LOVE this book. This will be asked for "again What a cool book! This large book has a graphic page on the left, and a large white page on the right with short text. But in-between is a thin semi-transparent page with a ghost or 2 or 3. So, when you turn the page, you see the graphic on the left, and the writing on the right without seeing the ghost(s), since they are white and on the semi-transparent page. Only when you try to turn the page, do the ghosts pop onto the left graphic page. Kids will LOVE this book. This will be asked for "again" and "again". Easy 6*

  10. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Playful and amusing.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Abbey

    Just so cute🥺 I love ghosts and I love Oliver Jeffers art style. The use on the clear paper is super unique!! I’m excited to recommend this to everyone and staff pick it at work:)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bookrapt

    Released in time for Halloween, this new book by Oliver Jeffers takes you on a tour of what is supposedly a haunted house. A little girl lives there but, despite looking for them, she has never seen any ghosts - can you? Jeffers uses found black and white photos of an eighteenth-century mansion and adds his own clever touches - a loosely drawn girl and semi-transparent pages that reveal the ghosts when turned. This is not a scary Halloween book. The ghosts are friendly and fun. They enjoy bounci Released in time for Halloween, this new book by Oliver Jeffers takes you on a tour of what is supposedly a haunted house. A little girl lives there but, despite looking for them, she has never seen any ghosts - can you? Jeffers uses found black and white photos of an eighteenth-century mansion and adds his own clever touches - a loosely drawn girl and semi-transparent pages that reveal the ghosts when turned. This is not a scary Halloween book. The ghosts are friendly and fun. They enjoy bouncing on the bed, hanging upside-down over the towel rail, making faces in the mirror and drinking tea. They seem to be playing a game of hide and seek with the girl and don't want the reader to give them away. Make sure you check out the end papers to find out if she finally manages to see the ghosts. This is a playful, fun look-and-find book for 3 – 7 year-olds that is bound to be popular year round. Reviewed by Penny Guy (Bookrapt).

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    More like 3.5 stars. I have an advent calendar with a bear that is looking for Christmas throughout the house - in different rooms, in a closet, under a rug, outside on a sled - and finally lands on the Christmas tree in the living room. This book reminded me of my advent calendar. A girl - um, fantastical being - guides you through her house - where she appears to live alone - in search of a ghost that reportedly resides there. She has never seen it, but WE get to see it, and its friends, too! More like 3.5 stars. I have an advent calendar with a bear that is looking for Christmas throughout the house - in different rooms, in a closet, under a rug, outside on a sled - and finally lands on the Christmas tree in the living room. This book reminded me of my advent calendar. A girl - um, fantastical being - guides you through her house - where she appears to live alone - in search of a ghost that reportedly resides there. She has never seen it, but WE get to see it, and its friends, too! (This being doesn’t seem to be fully corporeal herself!) The author used old black and white/sepia photos of old house interiors from different sources for the foundation of this book. He added this fantastical being and some other touches with simple line drawings and a little color. But the fun part is the velum that then lays over each page and reveals the fun-loving ghosts. And because of that velum, you probably wouldn’t let a young child look at this book alone. I didn’t love it and forgot to read it with a grandchild or two to get their take, but it is clever.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    Perfection. It made me smile. Love the transparent ghost pages. Putting it on the list of books I want to get my neice.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alexx Burris

    This book is adorable. Would love to find a way to bring it to storytime, but not sure how the translucent pages would translate for a large group viewing.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    well that was a perfectly charming treat of a book

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    Super cute story! It's a great Halloween story with the hidden ghost throughout each page. Super cute story! It's a great Halloween story with the hidden ghost throughout each page.

  18. 4 out of 5

    hallie

    I could write a review but I'm just going to say, what an incredibly fun and wonderful book this is. I could write a review but I'm just going to say, what an incredibly fun and wonderful book this is.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Cute read

  20. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    Utterly charming.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Namrata Mistry

    Jeffers experiments fantastically with his books, but also retains bits and bobs that continue to make his books like we’ve always known them to be—raw and child-like. There’s a Ghost in This House is definitely more playful than other picture-books written and illustrated by Jeffers. The blend of photographic images with illustrations give a realistic yet imaginary feel, which fits in perfectly well with the theme of this picture-book. More than anything, I have a special place in my heart for Jeffers experiments fantastically with his books, but also retains bits and bobs that continue to make his books like we’ve always known them to be—raw and child-like. There’s a Ghost in This House is definitely more playful than other picture-books written and illustrated by Jeffers. The blend of photographic images with illustrations give a realistic yet imaginary feel, which fits in perfectly well with the theme of this picture-book. More than anything, I have a special place in my heart for endpapers, and the ones in this picture-book certainly don’t disappoint :-)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Travis Allen

    Oliver Jeffers is the best. Such a cool concept. We pretend to buy his books for our son, but really we just want to read them.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karen Arendt

    Clever artwork and harmless ghosts will have children screaming, "I see them!" throughout the story. Clever artwork and harmless ghosts will have children screaming, "I see them!" throughout the story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    WhatBookNext .com

    Do you believe in ghosts? A little girl invites you into her home. It is a large 18th century house and she begins to show you around, wondering out loud if it is haunted. She has lived there for a while and never seen a ghost. But she has heard things… She’s a little odd herself, with her pigtails and green skin. What does a ghost look like? Are they like sheets with holes to look through? Do they wear chains, watching her look for them, again and again… and again? No matter how long she searches Do you believe in ghosts? A little girl invites you into her home. It is a large 18th century house and she begins to show you around, wondering out loud if it is haunted. She has lived there for a while and never seen a ghost. But she has heard things… She’s a little odd herself, with her pigtails and green skin. What does a ghost look like? Are they like sheets with holes to look through? Do they wear chains, watching her look for them, again and again… and again? No matter how long she searches and in how many places, she has never seen one. Should she keep looking? Do they not want to be seen or maybe they never existed in the first place? Oliver Jeffers has done it again, just in time for Halloween. Something special lies between each page of this picture book. As a little girl looks for the ghosts she thinks she has felt and heard throughout her house, they appear as if like magic. The Author has used aged black and white photos of an 18th Century Mansion to lay his story out on. So simple. So effective. So clever.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mrs Heidrich

    This book is amazing! Love the vellum pages and the fun laters they literally add to the story! Hard to have in the library though. This one will be saved for read alouds so the pages don't get destroyed. Now I fully understand why they're all wrapped in plastic at the store as even the cover had a vellu later over it! Visually stunning! This book is amazing! Love the vellum pages and the fun laters they literally add to the story! Hard to have in the library though. This one will be saved for read alouds so the pages don't get destroyed. Now I fully understand why they're all wrapped in plastic at the store as even the cover had a vellu later over it! Visually stunning!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mathew

    A young blue-skinned and blue-haired seems to live in a house alone, straight out of the Addams family set but newly structured. Inviting us in she shows concern that her house is haunted yet cannot find any evidence of her ethereal guests. The reader though is treated to translucent pages upon several key pages in which they reveal that there are indeed ghosts around. There's something lovely in inviting the reader to be the ones to 'discover these cute eye-holes in sheets' ghosts by turning th A young blue-skinned and blue-haired seems to live in a house alone, straight out of the Addams family set but newly structured. Inviting us in she shows concern that her house is haunted yet cannot find any evidence of her ethereal guests. The reader though is treated to translucent pages upon several key pages in which they reveal that there are indeed ghosts around. There's something lovely in inviting the reader to be the ones to 'discover these cute eye-holes in sheets' ghosts by turning the pages and placing them into the scenario and I loved how the silliness and numbers of ghosts, as well as their activities, grow, as the picturebook continues and I loved the post-modern mix of photographs and illustrations blended together: something that Jeffers has experimented with before in This Moose Belongs to Me and his recent artwork. I had one quibble though and that was both the price and the claim of a sticker on the front claiming that this approach was 'original' when Animal Rescue did the whole 'transparent page reveal' years before and, perhaps, in a far cleverer way. Still, this is extremely well-crafted and beautifully designed too.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    Black and white photos with drawings and translucent pages to overlay and discover the ghosts. The story isn't much -- the girl searches for ghosts while the ghosts smile and giggle, hang from chandeliers, sit on the fireplace mantel, sip tea. It's a humorous, creatively illustrated, and definitely not scary ghost book. The book jacket is also translucent, a little heavier than those pages inside the book. There are a couple small cutouts to glimpse the girl at the front door and a ghost in an up Black and white photos with drawings and translucent pages to overlay and discover the ghosts. The story isn't much -- the girl searches for ghosts while the ghosts smile and giggle, hang from chandeliers, sit on the fireplace mantel, sip tea. It's a humorous, creatively illustrated, and definitely not scary ghost book. The book jacket is also translucent, a little heavier than those pages inside the book. There are a couple small cutouts to glimpse the girl at the front door and a ghost in an upper window on the front and vice versa on the back when it's nighttime. The cutouts on the front fall on the 'O' in ghost and house. After 'Ghost' there is an asterisk. I hadn't really paid attention to it until I lifted the jacket to see the book cover underneath to see *A Fraid of Ghosts -- the title page has an addition, explaining this is the collective noun for a group of ghosts. I checked and while there's no official collective noun, Jeffers didn't create this, but it's still another humorous touch.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Thompson McLeod

    Using photos from an 18th century mansion, Oliver Jeffers changes a scary haunted house into a pleasant children's book. A young girl searches for ghosts in her family home. It's supposed to be haunted but she doesn't see any ghosts She searches high and low around nooks and crannies up and down and all around, but, never spots a ghost. Where could they be hiding? Brilliant interactive design will surprise everyone with their first read. After that readers will enjoy the painstaking planning and Using photos from an 18th century mansion, Oliver Jeffers changes a scary haunted house into a pleasant children's book. A young girl searches for ghosts in her family home. It's supposed to be haunted but she doesn't see any ghosts She searches high and low around nooks and crannies up and down and all around, but, never spots a ghost. Where could they be hiding? Brilliant interactive design will surprise everyone with their first read. After that readers will enjoy the painstaking planning and artistic genius needed to pull off this one of a kind picture book. Young readers will be thrilled and scream with delight when they spot the ghosts. A picture book quite like no other, There's a Ghost in this House is hands down winner for every single children's book award possible. Jeffers has pulled off magic using art. Highly, highly recommended for everyone and a lovely gift for any artist.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katy Wheatley

    This is so very cute. Cleverly made, each page comes with a semi opaque overlay with small painted ghosts on. As you pass through the haunted house with the little girl who is the main protagonist of the story, the overlays show you exactly where the ghosts she is imagining actually are. This is absolutely not frightening as the ghosts are as cute as a bug's ear and most of them are engaged in rather lovely activities. It has gentle humour and bags of charm and is a wonderful halloween read to s This is so very cute. Cleverly made, each page comes with a semi opaque overlay with small painted ghosts on. As you pass through the haunted house with the little girl who is the main protagonist of the story, the overlays show you exactly where the ghosts she is imagining actually are. This is absolutely not frightening as the ghosts are as cute as a bug's ear and most of them are engaged in rather lovely activities. It has gentle humour and bags of charm and is a wonderful halloween read to share with children aged 3-5.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarahocha

    The creativity with the ghosts being printed on vellum and only appearing when you turn the page gets a star all on its own. Those little white sheeted tricksters quickly became my favorite thing as they humored themselves out of sight from the child leading us through the house. However, the rest of the book fell a little flat for me. As a picture book one would certainly have to have some craft in reading in order to keep this entertaining when page after page it's the same thing thing. So all i The creativity with the ghosts being printed on vellum and only appearing when you turn the page gets a star all on its own. Those little white sheeted tricksters quickly became my favorite thing as they humored themselves out of sight from the child leading us through the house. However, the rest of the book fell a little flat for me. As a picture book one would certainly have to have some craft in reading in order to keep this entertaining when page after page it's the same thing thing. So all in all 4 stars total but three for the actual reading.

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