Grandpa's Ghost Stories

Grandpa's Ghost Stories by James Flora.
Margaret K. McElderry, 1978.


Hello, spooklies, ghosties, and regular readers!  I have a vintage treat for you today.

Over the summer, I checked out a few books by and about James Flora.  While Mr. Flora wrote and illustrated several children's books (see a couple of them here), he is best known for his graphic design, especially his cool album cover art.  Little Sis fell in love with the art books.  I even managed to find a Benny Goodman album on eBay for cheap, featuring his art, and when Little Sis saw it, she told me it belonged to her!  (Mr. B framed it.  Not my choice, because you know, Benny Goodman...)

One of the books we checked out over the summer was so crazy and so freaky, I knew we had to re-check it this month.  And so we did!


Grandpa's Ghost Stories begins with a terrible storm.  The narrator, a boy, finds himself jumping onto his Grandpa's lap.  From there, Grandpa begins to spin a yarn about what happened to him as a boy, lost in the woods during a storm.


The book is divided into three tales from this point on: "The Bag of Old Bones," about a skeleton who comes to life and wants to eat him; "The Cave of the Warty Witch," about a witch who turns him into a spider; and "The House of the Ghastly Ghost," which is where he ends up after being whisked away by a giant disembodied hand.  There, he gets picked up and babied by a giant she-ghost, who makes him watch creepy ghost TV on channel 4 1/2!












Funny, freaky stuff!  Unfortunately, this one hasn't been reissued, and copies of it seem to fetch a lot of money.  I have to request it from our library system's storage basement, which makes me sad.  If you can score a copy, or if your library has it in stock, do check it out if you like creepy kids' books!

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  1. oh my gosh, oh my gosh, sprinting over to my library site the second I'm done with this comment!! love it! thanks for the find!!!!

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    1. It's such a bizarre, funny book. A bit freaky, but we tend to enjoy freaky...

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  2. Super cool and super freaky! You're so lucky for your library... But really, the art (and the story) looks so crazy!

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    1. Flora's stuff is pretty wild! A couple of his books have been reprinted in the last couple of years, so they're a bit easier to find. The Day the Cow Sneezed has some fabulous illustrations. :)

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