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Pleasing the Ghost School & Library Binding – Sep 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: #2,463,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This simultaneously sensitive and ridiculous romp by a Newbery-winning author (Walk Two Moons) begins as spunky nine-year-old Dennis explains that ghosts keep visiting him in his bedroom?"a constant parade of ghosts, but never the one I really want." Pining for his late father, Dennis instead finds himself host to a motley crew of spirits, in particular his Uncle Arvie. Arvie wants Dennis to help his widow, Aunt Julia, discover the gifts and money he has left hidden for her in his house. Unfortunately, a stroke he suffered before his death prevents him from finding the appropriate vocabulary to convey his meaning. Kids will enjoy deciphering Arvie's speech: "Good carpet, Dinosaur!" translates as "Good morning, Dennis!"; Aunt Julia's oily suitor and Billy, the class bully, are "beany boogers." Dennis's much-missed father?his "pepperoni"?never does appear, but the boy finds common ground and a possible friendship with Billy, also fatherless. Arvie's earnest affection for Julia and Dennis makes him a role model as well as a clown, and Creech's attention to nuances of feeling grounds this light tale in emotional truth. Ages 8-12.
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From School Library Journal

Grade 3-5-A disappointing tale about a boy led on a treasure hunt by a ghost. Dennis, nine, has received a parade of spectral visitors since his father's death, though none, alas, is the one he wishes to see. Occasionally, the boy recognizes deceased family members, including his late Uncle Arvie, who wishes to pass on messages to his widow, Julia. Because Arvie's speech was garbled in life by a severe stroke, helping him communicate is no easy task for Dennis. Ultimately, however, Arvie leads him to a small fortune, which will ensure Julia's lifelong comfort. In a subplot, Dennis proves to a disbelieving classmate that his ability to see ghosts is real. This story falls short on several fronts. Character development is particularly ineffective. Dennis, for example, is so easily absorbed in Arvie's affairs that it is difficult, if not impossible, to perceive him as a boy grieving for his father. While linguistic problems are caused by strokes, Arvie's nonsense syllables seem exaggerated to the point of caricature, thus creating an offensive effect. Billy, Dennis's classmate who also lost his father, thinks Dennis is making fun of him with his talk of ghosts, and in retaliation, smashes several windows in his home. In a tale obviously meant to be lighthearted, Billy's anger seems extreme and inappropriate. The ending reflects Dennis's hopes of someday seeing his father's ghost, but by this point, readers may not care enough about him to wonder whether or not it ever happens.
Mary Jo Drungil, Niles Public Library District, IL
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 15 2014
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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 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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"Pleasing the Ghost"was not my favorite book because it was hard to understand Uncle Arvie's language. It would be better if you if you knew if Dennis's Dad would come and visit him. The characters are Dennis,Uncle Arvie,Aunt Julia,Billy Baker,Dennis's mom,and Bo. My favorite character is Uncle Arvie because he was funny and mysterious with his words. Another reason the book could be better is if Uncle Arvie would be able to stay. I wish there were pictures of what Uncle Arvie was like,although,I guess the author wanted me to imagine him in my own head. My favorite part of the story was when Dennis found the money and letters because Aunt Julia was happy and pleased with Dennis. My least favorite part of the story was when the wind took Uncle Arvie away and Dennis was not very happy. He was sad. My least favorite character was Colin. He seemed crazy to me and thanks to Uncle Arvie he did not come back because of the wasps. I think Roald Dahl's book, "The B.F.G.", was more exciting than "Pleasing the Ghost" because there was giants and they would eat people. I recommend this book to people who have a big imagination, like my friend, Jessica. I can't tell you about the end, because, if I do, I will be a spoiler! If you want to read the story, you have to go to your local library. I rate this book 3/5 because it was good enough to keep me reading.
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By Craig,Craig on Nov. 25 1999
Format: Paperback
"Pleasing the Ghost" is written by the author named Sharon Creech. I liked this book because I like to hear ghost stories. This book is similar to a book that I read up north about all kinds of ghosts. There is one thing that might have spoiled the book: there is a picture of the surprise on the back cover of the novel. If you want to know what the surprise is, then you should read the book to find out. The pictures in this book were good. They had lots of detail and, compared to "The B.F.G.", they were better. The three characters that I liked in this book were: Uncle Arvie, Dennis and Bo(Dennis's dog). There were still some other good characters in this book but those three were my favourites. This story took place in three locations. It started out at Dennis's home. Then, during the stroy, it took place at the park in the town, and then at Uncle Arvie's old house. This novel is exciting because of the adventures in it. The author does a good job at making up those "witty" words and the spelling was so "witty" also. Some people I talked to about this book, said that they liked it because they like ghosts and others said it was king of boring. I say that it was a good book. People who like to read and like to hear about ghosts, they should read this book. Some people might find the book sad because of the fathers who passed away and didn't visit their children. I especially like the funny words and the good characters in this book.
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