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 See the ghost : three stories about things you cannot see (See the cat)
 Author: LaRochelle, David

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2023)

 Dewey: 808
 Classification: Story Collection
 Physical Description: [64] p., col. ill., 24 cm

 BTSB No: 543172 ISBN: 9781536219821
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Cats -- Fiction
 Dogs -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $16.79

The affable Max the dog and mischievous Baby Cakes the cat encounter a scare-happy ghost who has a run-in with a mirror, the wind at its blustery best, and a teeny-tiny fairy with a wayward wand who may have met her match.

 Illustrator: Wohnoutka, Mike

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 1.50
   Points: .5   Quiz: 522257

   Kirkus Reviews (+) (05/01/23)
   School Library Journal (+) (10/27/23)
   Booklist (+) (05/01/23)

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Booklist - 05/01/2023 *Starred Review* Oh, the things readers will see in these comic, easy-reader stories about intangible forces (a ghost, the wind, and a fairy) and the trouble they wreak on familiar characters Dog and Cat. Simple sentences follow a predictable pattern for those developing their reading skills, but the stories’ action always takes a delightfully unexpected turn. Through the clever use of speech bubbles and Wohnoutka’s delightful, inventive illustrations, three invisible things are animated and given tremendous personality. It is a remarkable feat to pack so many genuine laughs into such a simple text for emerging readers. In the vein of its predecessor, See the Dog: Three Stories about a Cat (2021), there is delightful interaction between the characters and the reader and even a meta-commentary between the characters and the book itself that assumes a flattering intelligence in its child reader. This Geisel-winning series keeps the bar high with this newest installment. Not only does it set beginning readers up for success with repetition and context clues galore, but it entertains to its very core. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 10/27/2023 PreS-Gr 3—Straightforward text and speech bubbles combine with simple illustrations for three stories about a ghost, the wind, and a fairy in a humorous collection of stories reminiscent of Mo Willems's Elephant and Piggie. This latest title in the "See the Cat" series features the cat and dog from earlier books. Young readers will delight in the unseen ghost scaring the dog and cat with a "Boo!" and then wondering why it doesn't scare flowers. The wind blows the cat, dog, leaves, and words off the page, and then blows them back. The fairy named Trixie is "so small that you cannot even see me," and waves her magic wand at the cat, dog, ghost, and wind before they all end up enjoying the day together. This early reader, with ample white space and simple pictures that put the emphasis on the words, also works as a fun read-aloud. Another standout title from LaRochelle. VERDICT A delightful and humorous first purchase for early reader collections.—Carrie Voliva - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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