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Pleasing the Ghost [School & Library Binding]

Sharon Creech , Stacey Schuett
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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September 1997
Ever since Dennis' father died, a parade of friendly ghosts has been passing through his bedroom. So he isn't surprised when the ghost of his Uncle Arvie shows up. But Arvie seems to want something from Dennis. How Dennis figures out how to please his ghost is a funny yet touching story of love, loss, confusion, and understanding.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A HILARIOUS NOVEL Nov. 25 1999
By Breanne
"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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3.0 out of 5 stars An Exciting and Funny Story Nov. 25 1999
"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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4.0 out of 5 stars Craig's Review Nov. 25 1999
"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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3.0 out of 5 stars An Exciting Book Review Nov. 24 1999
I like Pleasing the Ghost because of Uncle Arvie's language, because his language was funny. For example: dunder - which means dig. I disliked the book because if a ghost can pick up light things, why can't they pick up heavy things? This made the book confusing. I think that on the whole the book was okay. My favourite part was when Dennis and Billy met in the park to see if Uncle Arvie could fly. My second best part was the three wishes. For this book you need a good imagination to picture all the ghosts in this story. At the end the book was very interesting. I wonder how Uncle Arvie got the stroke, and where did he land? In this book the theme was all about ghosts, and I like ghost stories and horror stories. These are some of the words that Uncle Arvie said: dunder, dinosour, pepperonni, mailer, chinkapink, heartfoot, trampolink, macaronni, waggle, wriggle, fraggle, pasta, nod, yin and pin. Those words are some of the most important words in the whole book. I recommend this book to those who have a good imagination, otherwise you would probably enjoy something else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-stretched originality.
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... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Carolyn
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the greatest books
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... Read more
Published on June 24 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the greatest books
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... Read more
Published on June 24 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasing the Ghost
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. Read more
Published on June 20 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!
I liked the characters in this book. There was also a great plot and a good ending. I couldn't put this book down.
Published on Jan. 14 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Read Aloud
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2000 by Cass Portner
1.0 out of 5 stars The second worst book ever
I did not especially like "Pleasing The Ghost" because it was so fake and lame. The only thing I liked about it was Uncle Arvie because it was fun trying to find out... Read more
Published on Nov. 24 1999 by Mr. Magee
3.0 out of 5 stars GHOST MAN
I think 'Pleasing the ghost' was an extraordinary book because of the strange words Uncle Arvie used. Read more
Published on Nov. 24 1999 by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasing The Ghost
I liked the book because of Uncle Arvie, because he could fly.I also liked Dennis because he could see ghosts.I did not like the book when Billy called Uncle Arvie a geezer. Read more
Published on Nov. 24 1999 by Brayden
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