It's winter, and what better than a ghostly holler-day by the sea? But how are the ghosties to decide between Frighten-on-Sea and Scare-borough?
A postcard from their friend Headless Leslie decides for them: Headless is in Frighten and cannot remember how to get home. He wrote the address on the postcard, then he forgot what the address was.
So the friends set of on an exciting ghostie caper involving a haunted Frighten pier, a fun fair, and a mysterious phantom magician. But wil it all end in spooky fun or devilish disaster? And will Leslie keep his head?
Well-meaning but clueless "ghosties" take on "still-alives" in this helter-skelter comedy, the first book in a trilogy by the creators of Sensible Hare and the Case of Carrots. The eccentric spirits, each of whom has a different ghostly ability, are distressed that the "mean" human residents of the house go shrieking off whenever the ghosties try ever so politely to interact with them. Though variations on that scenario grow repetitive, the banter and bickering among the ghosties and their idiosyncratic talents keep things lively (no pun intended). The ghosties' primary mission is rescuing timid Pamela Fraidy, who gets locked in the attic and later the study both times with a scary "leggy spider." Narrator Tabitha calls on her poltergeist skills, obsessive house cleaner Gertrude oozes "glowing blue goo" that comes in handy, and Humphrey's knack for bumping into things proves useful. Fans of the Dunderheads books will recognize a similarly dark brand of comedy in Roberts's b&w art, whose delicate ink lines and lightly macabre subject matter make it feel like a humorous cousin to the work of Edward Gorey. Ages 5 8.