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There's No Such Thing as Ghosts!

by Emmanuelle Eeckhout

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Cutesy pictures, adorable ghosts, but kind of a shaggy dog story - unless there's a point I'm missing? Nothing wrong with it really, but not to my taste. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Originally published in Belgium as Les fantômes, c̜a n'existe pas!, this engaging picture-book follows a boisterous young boy as he attempts to discover whether the 'haunted' house in his new neighborhood actually contains any ghosts. Warned by his mother to stay away, he is immediately drawn to the house, searching high and low, under and behind furniture, and both before and behind him, in an attempt to startle some spooks into revealing themselves. Finding nothing, he eventually concludes that it must indeed be true, that there is no such thing as ghosts...

Chosen as one of our December selections over in The International Book Club to which I belong, where we read a children's book from a different country each month, the main entertainment value in Emmanuelle Eeckhout's There's No Such Thing As Ghosts! lies in the contradiction between artwork and text, as the little boy continually misses the spirits that are all around him. The artwork, done in lovely black and white silhouettes, with the occasional yellow and pink accent, is quite appealing in its own right. All in all, this was a sweet little ghost story, one I would recommend to younger children who still prefer the sweet to the scary. I hope that more of this talented author/illustrator's work is made available in English! ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Apr 23, 2013 |
Summary: A boy choosing not to obey his parents and decides to go into a house to see what inside because he doesn't believe in ghosts and wants to find out if they really exist. He looks all over th house and finally decide that there really are no such thing as ghosts.

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  rlee09 | Nov 25, 2009 |
A little boy sets out to convince himself that there is no such thing as ghosts. He looks all over a "haunted" house but doesn't see a single ghost....the reader does though! Super cute. Great way to talk about dramatic irony for older students.
  scducharme | Sep 13, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 193360591X, Hardcover)

When we moved to our new neighborhood, I had to promise my mother that I would not go near the strange old house on the corner.
People say it s haunted, she whispered.

Haunted? There is no such thing as ghosts!

But if there is...I am going to catch one!

Bold, three-color illustrations and silhouettes add an old-fashioned flair to this family-friendly ghost story. The reader/listener will be tempted to point out the side story in this engaging tale, but our hero, along with his trusty butterfly net, just does not seem to see what we see...which only adds to the fun!

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Despite his mother's warnings, a young boy goes to visit a haunted house in hopes of catching a ghost.

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