No Such Thing

No Such Thing by Ella Bailey.
Flying Eye Books, 2014.

I realize I'm a little late to the [Halloween] party with this post, but it took such a long time for our library to get this book! I tried several times last year, but never found it listed. I was finally able to put a hold on it last month. It was just a matter of waiting for a copy to be returned. Happy dance! We were able to check it out yesterday!

No Such Thing is the debut children's book by U.K. illustrator Ella Bailey. It is handsomely published by the fabulous Flying Eye Books. [Seriously, I want to own every picture book they publish.]

Little Georgia knows there is no such thing as ghosts. Every mishap has a logical explanation. The dog steals and breaks the jar from the fridge. The cat knocks over the vase. Mice steal the missing socks. Her brother steals the crayon. And on it goes...

If you look closely at every page, however, you might start to notice something. [Ahem! Under the chair...]

Georgia leaves the darkened living room for the last time ["...there's just no such thing as ghosts!"]...

...and the little ghosts come out to play!

The endpaper urges you to go back through the book, finding the ghosts on every page.

And so the fun starts all over again!

My 10-year-old and almost-8-year-old thought No Such Thing was darling. The color scheme and illustrations are beyond appealing. You want to explore Georgia's world, with all its cool design elements.

My 4-year-old niece went to the library with us yesterday. We read it to her, too.

She loved this book. She fussed when we told her we had to take it with us. She was enthralled by the pictures, then had so much fun looking for the ghosts with my grandmother.

Definitely one worth owning.

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  1. What a beautiful book! Such adorable art. I'd love to get my hands on this one...maybe next Halloween! :)

    1. It is so darling! Just a warning: once again, rhyming text! I do not think, however, the rhyme adds much to the story. The pictures are the most important part.


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