Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Mac Barnett is my favourite writer of children’s fiction & Christian Robinson is my favourite illustrator. When Mac Barnett told me in an interview that he was working on a book with Christian Robinson, it’s fair to say that I was quite excited. Both have made enormous contributions to the picture book form.

Christian Robinson has been awarded a Coretta Scott King Honor, a Bologna Ragazzi Honor Award for nonfiction, and a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor, illustrates books in his signature style that has a vintage 1950’s appeal, somewhat reminiscent of the brilliant M. Sasak.

Mac Barnett is the New York Times bestselling author of many picture books, including Telephone and Extra Yarn, which won a Caldecott Honor, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and the E.B. White ReadAloud Award.

Together they have made Leo: A Ghost Story, about a sweet young boy who happens to be a lost soul roaming around in an empty house.

A family move into this house and Leo is ecstatic, he tries his very best to welcome them, but as it turns out they are not best pleased about the presence of a ghost in their new home.

Unwanted, Leo takes leave and decides to go and explore the world. He then meets Jane, a young girl with a vivid imagination, who mistakes Leo for one of her imaginary friends. But how will she react when she discovers Leo is not imaginary, he is a ghost?

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