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Sir Simon: Super Scarer by Cale Atkinson
Release date: September 4, 2018
Published by: Tundra books
Age range: 4-8 years
A delightful, funny story of friendship, ghost chores, a spooky house and a professional haunter.
Meet Sir Simon, Super Scarer. He’s a professional ghost who has been transferred to his first house. And just in time! He was getting tired of haunting bus stops and forests and potatoes. And to top it off, this house is occupied by an old lady — they’re the easiest to haunt!
But things don’t go as planned when it turns out a KID comes with this old lady. Chester spots Simon immediately and peppers him with questions. Simon is exasperated. . . until he realizes he can trick Chester into doing his ghost chores. Spooky sounds, footsteps in the attic, creaks on the stairs — these things don’t happen on their own, you know!
After a long night of haunting, it seems that maybe Chester isn’t cut out to be a ghost, so Simon decides to help with Chester’s human chores. Turns out Simon isn’t cut out for human chores either.
But maybe they’re both cut out to be friends . . .
This is my kind of spooky story–not scary at all and completely adorable! The main character is the most loveable little ghost and it was so fun to hear him explain all the ins and outs of his job and his complaints about all the chores.
When a kid unexpectedly factors into his plans he learns some sweet lessons about friendship and understanding another’s perspective. The interactions between the boy and the ghost are so much fun.
My kids loved the silliness in the story and we have reread it many times. All the illustrations are adorable and complement the story perfectly.
I think it would be fun to read this book around Halloween time since it features a ghost and a ‘haunted house’ but it’s definitely perfect for reading year round.
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