Thursday, July 29, 2021

Gilbert the Ghost - a bookwrap



Gilbert the Ghost 

by Guido van Genechten


* Ages:  4 -7

* Grade Level:  PS-2

* Hardcover:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Clavis; Illustrated edition

* Pub. Date: May 1, 2015

* Language:  English

Editorial Reviews

“A little ghost unapologetically makes the most of being different...Different never looked so appealing. ” - Kirkus Reviews

”A sweet story about outsider friendship that is just slightly scary in places... it's hard not to be charmed by van Genechten's smiley, rosy-cheeked ghosts, who could give Casper a run for his money in the cuteness department” – Publisher’s Weekly

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The Book  

Gilbert is an adorable little ghost who is born different.  He's pink, not scary, doesn't like to haunt and always uses his manners.  His parents realize and confirm that he truly is special. 

Off he goes to ghost school and it's there that he realizes how different he really is.  The principal of the school is not impressed that Gilbert does not have ghost-like qualities and punishes Gilbert by sending him off to the Abandoned Tower until he changes and becomes like all his peers at the school.  Poor Gilbert.  

In the Abandoned Tower Gilbert meets someone who has special qualities too.  Together they form a friendship and affirm each other's uniqueness. That special bond creates a fun, positive world for both of them.  This heartwarming story celebrates differences, fitting in, and being who you are created to be.  The illustrations are wonderful and Gilbert Ghost is a real sweetheart.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 


Meet the Author/Illustrator

Guido Van Genechten (1957, Belgium) studied drawing and painting, graphics and photography. Afterwards he worked for many years in the graphic industry. Now Guido works as a fulltime illustrator of children's books. In 1998 he won the international Illustrator's Award City of Hasselt with his picture book Ricky. This prize was the beginning of his international career as a children's book illustrator. Since that moment, Guido Van Genechten has created many best-selling stories and received several awards. In 2007 he was the winner of the Reader's Digest Award for Best Children's Book Illustrator. And in the past ten years his books were published in 30 countries around the world.

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