Ten Timid Ghosts - Jennifer O’Connell
The “ten green bottles standing on a wall” song has had many reincarnations starting from monkeys jumping on a bed to timid ghosts living in a house. The nursery rhyme has a timeless nature and has a version in every generation. Ghosts are always thought to be scary in books, stories and on television (of course with the exception of Casper the Friendly Ghost) but these ten ghosts seem to be on the other side of the table in this book. Their fearful nature is what makes this children’s book so entertaining. Even for me.
‘Ten Timid Ghosts’ is a rhyming tale of how unsuspecting, innocent ghosts are evicted from their house. A greedy witch, who supposedly wanted to move into the house, chases the ghosts out one by one. Every time she uses a different tactic and costume to scare the ghosts. Her costumes conveniently rhyme with the number of ghosts left. But none of them know that it’s a witch.
The fate of all ten of the ghosts leads them to the dark woods nearby. Eventually you realize that they all gathered in the forest after being taunted by the witch. When the tenth ghost joins the rest, she has discovered the true nature of all their masked threats - during her encounter she caught a glimpse beneath the unraveling costume of her tormentor.
The enraged ghosts come up with their own master plan to get the witch out of their house. To find out if it actually worked, come buy the book!
‘Ten Timid Ghosts’ has a Hallowe’en theme but in the friendliest way. It’s the perfect book to read as a group with kids because they can easily follow the rhymes. The artwork of the pictures is fun and detailed, and is sure to catch their attention if the words haven’t already.
During the Easter holidays, keep in mind that it is always good to encourage children to read and write even when not at school. This book is one way to make the task more entertaining for the youngsters.