Written and Illustrated by Ben Clanton
“Boo is new. Being new can be scary, even when everyone is friendly.” So begins a simple story of a shy, young ghost in a new place. The other “kids” are friendly, but without a body Boo can’t play some of their games and he starts to feel like he wants to just disappear.
Pleasantly spare illustrations with cute, endearing characters (a dinosaur, a robot, a furry monster, a unicorn bunny, and the titular ghost) will make it easy for young kids to like this story of overcoming shyness and embracing the physical differences that make each person unique. This book could be useful as a start to talking about friendship, being sensitive and inclusive of people with differing abilities, and recognizing your own talents and strengths as well as talents of others.
Review by Joshua Whiting, Educational Technology Dept. Media Center
Rating: ★★★★✩ (4 stars)
Interest Level: Grades PreK-2
Written by Ben Clanton
Release Date: August 1, 2017
A review copy was provided by the publisher.