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Georgie and the Robbers by Robert Bright

Georgie and the Robbers

by Robert Bright

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Around for a long time, this sweet story of a shy little ghost who, with the help of his animal friends, scares away a pair of robbers is still around to charm Pre-K-grade 2 story-lovers. It is a great story to read in October as Halloween approaches. ( )
  MargaretYatsevitch | Oct 1, 2013 |
Georgie - the gentle little New England ghost whose story was chronicled, over the course of almost forty years (from 1944-1983), in thirteen picture-books - returns in this, his fourth adventure, facing off against two burglars intent on denuding the Whittaker house (and especially, Georgie's home in the attic!) of all its valuable antiques. Can Georgie and friends - Herman the cat, Miss Oliver the owl, and the harmless cow who lives next door - stop the robbers in time...?

Although I enjoyed this installment in the Georgie series - the black and white illustrations were as cute as ever, in their old-fashioned way, and the story itself will surely appeal to younger readers looking for ghostly fare without the scares - I did find Bright's narrative set-up, in which he describes Georgie in all his non-frightening glory, and discusses the value of antiques, a little too labored. The rather didactic feeling of the opening text of Georgie and the Robbers just didn't work very well for me, as an introduction to the story. Still, the tale itself was amusing, making this another solidly engaging entry in the series, so young fans of the "gentle ghost" will undoubtedly still appreciate it. ( )
1 vote AbigailAdams26 | Apr 26, 2013 |
Georgie is a sweet shy ghosts that never causes trouble with anyone. He simply lives in an attic only to creak the stairs every one in a while. Then one day when while the owners of the house are out, robbers come to steal off the old antiques and Georgie is too afraid of the to do anything. But with the help of his friends, an owl and a cow, they are able to team up and scare the robbers into returning all of the stolen items to the house.
This is a sweet and fun book that talks about teamwork and how when we put our heads together we can accomplish things that can may seem too scary at first. ( )
  KellyLPickett | Apr 21, 2013 |
Kearsten says: A nice, old-fashioned story (well, it is old) about a little ghost who must overcome his shyness in order to scare off the robbers stealing from the nice couple that owns the house he haunts.

Recommended. ( )
  YouthGPL | Dec 11, 2009 |
S says: The ghost was very clever to pretend he was the biggest ghost in the world. He put the blanket on top of the cow and the owl, then he got on the very top of the blanket. It was cool how the ghost made the cow move his tail so he could get the robbers attention and the owl to flap his wing and show part of the eye. Everyone in the world should read it! ( )
  kayceel | Dec 11, 2009 |
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Georgie, that gentle little ghost who is such a favorite of the picture book age, is happily back again in another delightful adventure! -Chicago Sunday Tribune
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"It's a ghost! But he's really cute... In the early 1960s, Robert Bright wrote a series of picture books about Georgie the Ghost, who is young, cute, and, yes, a tiny bit spooky. Bright describes him as "the gentle little ghost," maybe to keep from confusing him with "the friendly ghost," Casper, who had his own children's cartoon on television at about the same time. Casper began appearing in short theatrical cartoons in the 1940s, and eventually appeared in a popular line of Harvey comic books. But put him out of your head, because this book isn't about Casper the Ghost. This book is about...Georgie!

Bright spins his tale with a quirky narration - it's gentle, hushed, and rambling. ("Every night, as everybody knows, Georgie has to creak the stairs and squeak the parlor door to remind Mr. and Mrs. Whittaker that it's time to go to bed and to sleep...") There's also some simple sketches, which Bright draws using nothing but dark blue lines and shading. But with a fond attention to detail, he recreates the world of the ghost.

The Whittakers wear old-fashioned hats, and there's a home-y pattern of white on the wallpaper beside their stairs. A tiny mouse looks on innocently, and there's a stand of umbrellas by the door. Georgie floats down the stairs - apparently reaching his wing-like arm for the banister to his left. And there's a wonderful illustration of his home in the attic - where he's surrounded by elaborate antiques.
It's a strangely peaceful scene - but that's what starts all the trouble. Mr. and Mrs. Whittaker leave for a church sociable...and they don't lock their door. "They never gave a thought to all the cozy antique furniture they had," Bright explains, adding that antiques are worth money and that sometimes people will try to steal them. He introduces two men arriving in a truck - wearing masks - then announces that they are robbers. The men load the rocking chairs into their truck, then the sofa, and then Georgie's antiques. But unfortunately for them, during their getaway, the truck loses a tire.

The story rambles along to its climax. (The police will arrive slowly, so the only solution is to frighten the robbers away from the furniture.) But Georgie is accompanied by a cow and an owl, which allow Bright to indulge in an extra big set-up. The skittish robbers suddenly see a face at the window - and it's a face that goes...moo. Then there's a flapping of wings in their hide-out, and it's a bird that says...hoo.

"But then something else flitted past the door, and it said boooooo....""

-Moe Zilla for Helium
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The bumbling robbers who are after old Mr. and Mrs. Whittakers' antique furniture are no match for Georgie the ghost and his friends, Miss Oliver the owl and Herman the cat.

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Georgie the ghost overcomes his timidity just enough to scare away the robbers who are stealing Mr. and Mrs. Whittaker's antique furniture.

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