Did You Say Ghosts?Illustrated by Leonard Baskin

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There aren’t any ghosts in sight. It’s all in your imagination.


There’s no such thing as spooks or ghosts. I guarantee it … well, almost.
And if there were, the werewolves’ bay would scare even a ghost away.

So begins a deliciously scary cumulative tale, with the series of possible monsters that follow each scared of something else. Kids will enjoy the humor as well as the slight shiver that these all-star spooks bring.

Enriched by noted artist Leonard Baskin’s gallery of frightful imaginings, this is not a bedtime book, for the skeletons, witches, and other spooky creatures conjured up will lull no child to sleep! Instead, this is a humorous and spine-chilling repetitive story for older children.

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  • A New Yorker Best Book of 1993

A witty call and response bedtime rhyme
The New York Times Book Review

A delightedly creepy cumulative tale …This would make good story hour fare

Michelson’s teasing tone gives young readers the option of laughing or shivering
Kirkus review

In this good humored picture book a parent pounces on a child’s fear of things that go bump in the night and transforms it into a game… The rhyme hurtles along, full of glee, punctuated by a child’s loud shouts of dread-filled surprise.
Publishers Weekly