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The Ghost of Nicholas Greebe (Picture Puffins)

by Tony Johnston

Paperback, 32 pages

Published by Puffin Books (1999-09-01)

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Amazon Description

An old New England farm becomes a haunted homestead when a dog unearths a bone belonging to Nicholas Greebe. Pots levitate over the stove, animals bristle, and a ghostly form appears before the hearth. Year after year, the haunting continues--until the bone finds its way back home and Nicholas is put to rest. With just the right mix of humor and suspense, this old-fashioned ghost story is perfect for young readers.

"A splendid answer to the perennial request for a not too spooky story." --The Horn Book

* A Picture Puffin
* Full-color illustrations
* 32 pages
* Ages 4-8

One Potato Review

Will this give you nightmares? Hard to say, but it’s a pretty good place to begin if you are fascinated (and repelled and then fascinated) by scary stories. There’s some history here too - a haunting begins in Colonial Massachusetts, a bone makes its way to the Polar North on a whaler - still you are more likely to carry away, and to endlessly remember, the moaning, perennial, occasionally party-stopping song of old Greebe:

I quest, I quest
till all my bones
together rest.”

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