A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
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Friday, January 7, 2011

Babar and the Ghost: An Easy-to-Read Version by Laurent de Brunhoff

Babar and the Ghost: An Easy-to-Read Version by Laurent de Brunhoff (Canada) - (US)
Step into Reading, Step 2

Pages: 48
Ages: 6+
Finished: Dec. 30, 2010
First Published: 1986
Publisher: Random House
Genre: children, easy reader
Rating: 3.5/5

First sentence:

Babar and his family were going to Black Castle.

Acquired: Purchased secondhand.

Reason for Reading: Ds read aloud as his reader.

I'm not a fan of Babar, even as a child I found the handwritten text hard to read and the stories never appealed to me but having become more familiar with him through the cartoons he transfers over into an easy reader format very nicely. Originally written as a picture book by Laurent de Brunhoff, he has retold the story himself as an easy reader. Babar and the family go on a picnic at Black Castle. When it starts to rain they go inside and the children begin playing all over and discover a ghost who can only be seen by children. They convince him to come home with him where he can't stop getting up to ghostly tricks. King Babar figures out what is going on and sends the ghost back home but promises the children they can go back to Black Castle to visit. An interesting enough story. Well told and obviously true to the characters due to the author's involvement. Out of print; but well worth the look to find for Babar fans.

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