Book review: Leo, a ghost story; 5 out of 5 stars #bookaday

Leo a ghost story book cover


This is a sweet story about making friends and using your imagination. Leo is a ghost who has lived in an abandoned house for many years by himself. His feelings get hurt when he tries to greet the family who moves in and they are not thrilled to know a ghost lives there, so Leo decides to be a ghost who travels. He is shocked one day to find someone who can finally see him, and he and his new friend, Jane, have a wonderful time playing. Only, she thinks Leo is one of her imaginary friends, and he doesn’t want to scare her by telling her he’s a ghost. Will their friendship be able to last?

Mac Barnett has created a sweet and thoughtful ghost story, that is more original than a white sheet that can float through walls. Christian Robinson’s illustrations are all shades of blue, with Leo in white. The figures are cut paper and the images appear like collages. The colors and style really fit the story well. Blue matches a ghostly feel, and the childlike cut figures match the imagination and play of Leo and Jane.

The paper is thick and high-quality, which adds to the feel of the book. And don’t miss the dedication! Overall, this is a fresh ghost story that tugs at your heartstrings.

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