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Bob's hungry ghost
Toronto, Ontario : Tundra Books, [2014]
Physical Description:
30 unnumbered pages : colour illustrations ; 26 cm.
General Note:
Dust jacket folds open to become poster.
Wanting a dog for his birthday but instead receiving a pet ghost named Fluffy, young Bob becomes frustrated by his ghost companion's disobedience and inclination to eat everything in sight.


Call Number
JP Cot

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Bob wants a dog for his birthday, but instead he gets a ghost ... and its name is Fluffy. Unfortunately, Fluffy doesn't fetch, sit or go for walks. But he does eat everything, and soon all of Bob's things and even Bob himself end up in Fluffy's belly. Will Bob find a way to tame his unruly and very hungry ghost? Will Fluffy realize that eating Bob wasn't a very nice thing to do? All ends well in this sweet and silly look at appreciating what you have. And everyone will want a ghost for their birthday after reading this book.

Author Notes

Author and illustrator Geneviève Côté has won many awards and honors, including the Governor General's Award for Children's Illustration, Canada's most prestigious children's book prize; the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award; and the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award. Her art has appeared in such publications as The New York Times , the Wall Street Journal and L'actualite , as well as in a number of children's books, including Ella May and the Wishing Stone , Noni Says No and Noni Is Nervous . Geneviève lives in Montreal, Quebec. Visit her at her website: www.genevievecoteillustration.com.

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Not since Robert Bright's Georgie has there been a picture-book ghost with such appeal. COtE sets the tone right from the beginning of her tongue-in-cheek story, when a boy named Bob gets a ghost for his birthday, instead of the dog, cat, or gerbil he was hoping for, and names it Fluffy. Accepting their strange fate, Bob and Fluffy attempt but initially fail to engage each other in mutually satisfying pastimes: Fluffy can't walk on a leash or fetch, and Bob doesn't appreciate Fluffy's impromptu games of hide-and-seek. When boredom leads Fluffy to indiscriminate eating and Bob ends up in the belly of the ghost, they both realize the error of their stubborn ways. Giggles lead to regurgitation, and the two adjust expectations to embark on a newly defined friendship. The absence of additional characters puts the focus squarely on Bob and Fluffy and affords readers a sense of intimacy with their silly situation. The varied use of page layouts, text placement, and white space render page turns pleasantly unpredictable, and the artist's signature use of crayon line with full palette watercolor adds to the ghostly yet playful atmosphere. Don't mistake this for a Halloween story. Kids will want to revisit Bob and Fluffy all year long.-Lynn Van Auken, Oak Bluffs School, MA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.