I don't always read chapter books myself before sharing with my kids but the cover of Ghoulia: Making New Friends Can Be Scary by Barbara Cantini drew me in. The black and white picture with spots of bright orange are stunning but so is every illustration in the book. The story is pretty sharp too. The tale is one of Ghoulia a zombie who doesn't have any human friends. She wants desperately to make friends and Halloween provides the perfect cover for her. This is an adorable book, perfectly themed for the holiday and it has a great happy ending. The best part it is book 1 in the new series! I can't wait to see more!
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Ghoulia lives in Crumbling Manor with her Auntie Departed and spends most of her time playing with Tragedy, her beloved albino greyhound. But things aren’t as easy as they seem for this little zombie girl—all she wants is a real friend. She tries to venture past the manor’s walls, but she can’t hide her pale green skin or the deep purple circles under her eyes. The other children will be afraid of her, and no one will want to be her friend. But when Halloween rolls around, Ghoulia hatches a brilliant plan. All the other, ordinary children will be dressed up like monsters, so Ghoulia can go out into the town and be entirely herself. In the end, all the kids realize that Ghoulia is (almost) just like them and learn that friendship can come in many forms.
WIN WIN WIN
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