Author: Bateman, Teresa
Old Dave ignores strange noises he hears in the lonely old cottage he inherited from his uncle, except the voice telling him there are ghastly ghosts in the coal shed.
|Illustrator:||Lamug, Kenneth Kit|
Kirkus Reviews (06/15/19)
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Booklist - 12/15/2019 After inheriting a drafty cottage on a lonely hill, Old Dave does his best to turn his “new” house into a home. He embarks on a series of repairs that might ruffle someone with a more lively imagination. A loud moan from the bathroom? Probably old pipes. A wail from the cellar? A broken windowpane is surely to blame. Old Dave explains away all the creepy noises, but when it’s time to go to bed, he hears a voice clearly say, “Ghastly ghosts in the old coal shed!” In that moment the fireplace's flames go out, forcing Old Dave to gather his courage and head to the haunted shed for more coal, where it’s revealed that ghosts aren’t necessarily always out to scare you. This gentle ghost story, with a white-bearded protagonist who could easily stand in for Santa, is a good choice for young readers looking for light suspense but no real frights. Cartoonish illustrations underscore the book’s ultimate message that unlikely friendships can create a warm home. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.