|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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