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Pleasing the Ghost School & Library Binding – Sep 1 1997


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  • School & Library Binding: 89 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval (September 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613035968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613035965
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 13.4 x 1.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 172 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,148,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 15 2014
Format: Paperback
I’ve had wonderful luck with children’s stories crossing my path. "<b>Pleasing The Ghost</b>", 1996, was an accidental buy because I mistook <b>Sharon Creech</b> for Canadian <i>Sandra Birdsell</i>. The paranormal was appealing nonetheless and something about the description promised a story that would be memorable. It is. It is never too sad and the degree of originality stretches the limits of fiction’s craft. I usually ignore chapter headings in avoidance of titular spoilers but <b>Sharon’s</b> are truly in code, expressing a greater whimsy than I have ever seen! The meaning behind the bizarre headings account a great deal for what I praise.

A boy’s Father passed away of illness shortly after a much loved uncle, <i>Arvie</i>. At night, when a certain wind ignites the air at his bedroom window, ghosts begin to appear. <i>Dennis</i> would rather see his Father more than anyone in the world. He doesn’t know the ghosts, until a Great-Grandmother and his cherished elderly cat pay a brief visit. His uncle <i>Arvie</i>, the next guest, stays a while longer because he needs <i>Dennis’s</i> help with three important errands. It is he who speaks in a garbling of valid English words because in the last years of life, a stroke had effected his speech. <b>Sharon</b> brings this to life in the story, not only causing three mysteries that need unravelling but also providing compassion and education about what a stroke can be like.

All of the errands are for his wife and I immediately felt I would love <i>Julia</i> to be my aunt! So poised and so calm is she, that even when coming upon <i>Dennis</i> uprooting a rosebush; there is no accusation, no sharp burst of temper. She merely states that she hopes <i>Dennis</i> has a reason for the rowdy scene, giving him indeed full opportunity to explain.
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By A Customer on June 25 2001
Format: Paperback
I think this book was phenemenal. It is about a "regular" boy who encounters a ghost. Unfortunutly this wasn't what he really wanted, although he does have an interest in this peculiar ghost. I would encourage kids to read this book.
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By A Customer on June 25 2001
Format: Paperback
I think this book was phenemenal. It is about a "regular" boy who encounters a ghoast. unfortunutly this wasn't what he really wanted, although he does have an interest in this peculiar ghost. I would encourage kids to read this book. I am 11 years old.
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By A Customer on June 20 2001
Format: Paperback
If you have ever had a ghost come through your window, you can relate to Dennis. He is a regular nine-year old boy, but odd things happen to him, like he get's visted by ghosts.But the main ghost is his Uncle Arvie, who asked for three pleases, (meaning three favors.) While doing the three pleases, one more promblem gets in the way. The school bully, Billy doesn't belive he can see ghosts,and he must show him before Billy breakes all the window's in his house! All the three pleases have somthing to do with Uncle Arvie's wife. A painting unfinised, digging up his wife's favorite roshbush, and a sweet poem. Now, if this sounds like a good book to you, you can get it under Sharon Creech Pleasing the Ghost at your local libary. What are you doing just sitting around? Go get it!
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By A Customer on Jan. 14 2001
Format: Paperback
I liked the characters in this book. There was also a great plot and a good ending. I couldn't put this book down.
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I read this book last year to 2nd 3rd 4th and 5th graders and just finished reading it to this year's 2nd grade. The kids enjoyed figuring out what Uncle Arvie was talking about. Even though we only read it once a week the students remembered, talked about, and were very anxious for library day so we could read more. It is a touching love story, a not so scary ghost story, but most of all a very funny book. Unlike some other reviewers I recommend this book to students from 2nd grade up. Also I would say that it IS as well written as Creeches other books, just written for a younger audience. I'm hoping that she will write more about Dennis and his visiting ghosts. When I finished it today I made a waiting list to read it and over half of the kids signed up. I guess I need a few more copies. Find some kids and read it to them, it will be fun for all of you!
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By Breanne on Nov. 25 1999
Format: Paperback
"Pleasing the Ghost", was a fairly good book but compared to "The B.F.G.". " The B.F.G.," was a better book. Even though "The B.F.G." was better, the two novels were almost the same. Sophie, and orphan girl, saw the Big Friendly Giant and Dennis, a boy who lost his father, can see ghosts. The other thing was the B.F.G. and Uncle Arvie spoke a weird language. (B.F.G.-"Am I right or left" (right or wrong); Uncle Arvie - foodle a doodle (need a ghost) One more thing they had in common was they had a mission to do. For Dennis it was to figure out Uncle Arvie's three pleases and for Sophie it was to stop those nine blood-sucking giants.
I liked the book "Pleasing the Ghost" because of the hilarious language that was very challenging to figure out what the words meant. Uncle Arvie is my favouite character in the novel because he was acting terrible when Colin (Beaney-booger) gave Aunt Julia chocolates and Uncle Arvie smashed them. Also to drive Colin away, Uncle Arvie pinched Colin and he thought they were wasps or bees. My least favourite character was Billy Baker (another Beaney-Booger!)Even though he is mean he also lost his father and he can see ghost and doesn't even know it!
I liked this book but that is only my opinion. I would recommed this book to anyone with a sense of humor.
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