Thursday, October 29, 2009

What My Children are Reading / stART - The Ghost's Dinner by Jacques Duquennoy

BOO to you! The kids wanted to read all about ghosts this week. Our selections from the library included a couple safe, not too spooky reads: The Teeny Tiny Ghost by Kay Winters, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger and The Berenstain Bears and the Ghost of the Forest by Stan & Jan Berenstain.

The overall ghost favorite, the one we have read multiple times every single day is The Ghost's Dinner by Jacques Duquennoy.

Henry the ghost invites six of his ghost friends to his castle for a dinner party. He serves them colorful drinks and tasty food. The white ghosts change colors depending on what they consume. One drinks spinach juice and turns green. They all eat pumpkin soup and turn orange. (Some turn more orange than others depending on if they've taken seconds.) Eating salad makes them look leafy and eating cheese makes them holey. After a few other delicious entrees they start to wonder if they'll ever turn white again.

This book is the cutest ghost book I've ever read. Both my toddler and preschooler simply adore everything about it. Even the end pages are interesting. When the ghosts arrive they are skinny and when they leave they have full bellies. The dining room in the castle has four windows and the moon moves from window to window as the night progresses. The ghosts magically disappear and Henry hides, teasing his guests. This book was originally published in France by Albin Michel Jeunesse. I'd really like to purchase a copy for our personal library. Unfortunately the book is out of print! Please, could some publisher reprint it? I don't think I can afford to buy a used copy.

The Ghost's Dinner by Jacques Duquennoy. Golden Books, Western Publishing Company, Inc. (1994); (unpaged); ISBN 9780307130761
Book Source: Review copy from local library

The Ghost's Dinner focuses on colors. For our craft we painted ghosts using water-color paint. My daughter painted her seven ghosts seven different colors. I questioned her about what food would turn each ghost each of the seven colors. We searched the Microsoft clip art and found corresponding food to go along with each ghost.

My toddler enjoyed painting multi-colored ghosts. Maybe they ate confetti cake?

Post what you've been reading each week with your kids at The Well-Read Child or Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns. A Mommy's Adventures hosts the "stART" meme (Story + Art) each week. Hope Is the Word hosts a Read Aloud Thursday link-up as well.


Jenny said...

That looks like a cute book! I love both of the ghost crafts too!

Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

Very interesting books and projects. Your kids did great. I am definitely going to add Ghosts Dinner to our reading list.

Elise said...

We have not ventured into any ghost books yet, but this book sounds perfect - full of fun and friendly ghosts. I like how you differentiated this activity for each of your children.

This week was our first time we linked to Michelle's stART and it has been so much fun. The bonus has been meeting other creative mums who have shared some great book recommendations and crafts. We're always on the lookout for new books to read.

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

So cute! Thanks for linking up Read Aloud Thursday!

I'm off to check out the other links!

Gwendolyn B. said...

The book sounds like fun, and I'll look for it, but I am completely in love with your kids' artwork. Just beautiful!!

Unknown said...

i was searching for a photo of a great book we own.. because i did not wan to photograph it.. lazy .lol and found your blog.. love the idea of watercoloring the ghosts...