This giggly ghost story, the first installment of the award-winning 43 Old Cemetery Road series, explores forgiveness, what it means to be a family, and opening one’s heart.
When I. B. Grumply moves into the old Victorian mansion on 43 Old Cemetery Road, all he’s looking for is some peace and quiet so he can finally finish his next bestseller. But the house is already taken by a boy named Seymour Hope, his cat Shadow, oh, and an irritable ghost named Olive! Can this eccentric group help a cranky old man open his heart to new friends? From letters to newspaper articles, a work-in-progress manuscript, and even an occasional tombstone engraving, this quirky epistolary tale by dynamic duo author-illustrator sisters Kate and M. Sarah Klise, is complete with whimsical drawings and pun-tastic hilarity, perfect for even the most tentative reader.
"Kate Klise fleshes out the plot with back stories on the house, Seymour’s catastrophic, absent parents and Olive’s haunting of the house. Suspense intrudes when Seymour’s parents reappear and decide to demolish it. Everywhere they look, readers will find comedy, even in the headers on the letters and character names. Of course it’s all going to come out magnificently in the end, thereby setting up the next book in the planned series. A quirky, comedic romp."--Kirkus
"This epistolary graphic mystery may take genre-bending into the realm of genre-pretzeling, but it still delivers an unlikely story with a great deal of likability."--Booklist
"The fun here is in the narrative equipment—letters, e-mails, newspaper extracts, floor plan, cast list, etc., and in the embedded jokes, such as Cliff Hanger (the editor of The Ghastly Times) and Frank N. Beans (the private investigator) . . . young mock-gothic fans will nonetheless be eager to revisit 43 Old Cemetery Road in the anticipated sequels."--Horn Book
"This first title in a new series will appeal to readers, especially reluctant ones, as it moves quickly and leaves its audience eager for book two, which is announced in this ghastly and fun tale."--School Library Journal
"This fresh, funny launch of the 43 Old Cemetery Road series introduces an eccentric cast with pun-tastic names . . . the story is light enough for more tentative readers, with many humorous details to reward those who look closer."--Publishers Weekly
". . . a frothy little confection, whose enjoyability comes as much, if not more, from the format and side jokes . . . as from the main plot. The story is a pleasant example of the supernatural sitcom . . . an engaging and easy-going read. Illustrations, mostly vigorous line portraits drawn by ‘Seymour,’ add additional invitation to the accessible pages.”--The Bulletin
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