When you're a quilt instead of a sheet, being a ghost is hard! An adorable picture book for fans of Stumpkin and How to Make Friends with a Ghost.
Ghosts are supposed to be sheets, light as air and able to whirl and twirl and float and soar. But the little ghost who is a quilt can't whirl or twirl at all, and when he flies, he gets very hot.
He doesn't know why he's a quilt. His parents are both sheets, and so are all of his friends. (His great-grandmother was a lace curtain, but that doesn't really help cheer him up.) He feels sad and left out when his friends are zooming around and he can't keep up.
But one Halloween, everything changes. The little ghost who was a quilt has an experience that no other ghost could have, an experience that only happens because he's a quilt . . . and he realizes that it's OK to be different.
It's not easy to do ghostly things when you're made of heavy patchwork fabric layers instead of a light-as-air sheet. Such is the plight of the little ghost in this gentle tale, whose family and friends, Nason writes, "flew high and fast and twirled and whirled in the sky." But things take an unexpected turn one Halloween night when the little quilt ghost, "too heavy to hover," finds himself literally caught up in an act of kindness that earns him happiness and cheers. Eggenschwiler's compositions, a blend of pencil drawings and digital techniques that emphasize eye-catching color accents the blues of the quilt, orange jack-o'-lanterns, and a pink ballerina costume depict a pleasant, slightly eerie world where the ghosts' cobwebbed haunted house and a contemporary neighborhood fit comfortably together. Ages 3 7.