Book Review

#PictureBook Review: Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett

Leo: A Ghost StoryLeo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Publisher: Chronicle Books

picture book

Leo is a ghost that has haunted a house for years before it gets purchased by a family. While he thinks he has found some friends, they clearly don’t want him around. So he decides to become a roaming ghost. He goes to the city but it is very different from what he remembers and no one can see him… until he meets Jane. Jane invites Leo to play and calls him her imaginary friend. He doesn’t correct her because he doesn’t want to scare her away.

One night Leo spooks a thief coming in the window and locks him in a closet. Jane wakes up, calls the police, and then wakes up her mom (I love that they take care of business before waking Jane’s mom.) Jane, being a smart girl, puts two and two together and realizes that Leo must not be imaginary after all. He admits that he lied and that he is really just her real friend. Jane’s reaction is (and I love this), “Oh… well that’s even better!”

Christian Robinson’s multi-blue hued illustrations are fantastic, many simply construction paper collages. I love that Leo is often cut out of what looks like parchment paper to show that he is translucent.

This is a really cute little story about friendship and the definition of real.

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