My three-year-old son loves Johnny Boo: The Best Little Ghost in the World, and he should: author James Kochalka tested out each chapter by reading them to his own three-year-old son as bedtime stories.
The book tells the story of Johnny Boo, the Best Little Ghost in the World (!), and his pet ghost Squiggle. They have a short adventure where they encounter an Ice Cream Monster and use their special ghost powers. That's pretty much it, but for what Kochalka is going for, he's on the money.
This book is perfect if you want to introduce your pre-schooler to comic books. The story is simple and entertaining, with only the three characters. The art is bright, cheery, and easy to follow. It's not scary or violent, but fun and light-hearted. And it zips by: you can read the entire forty-page book to your kid in under ten minutes.
I highly recommend the book to any parent looking for a fun, age-appropriate, and well-crafted comic book to read to his or her young children.
Johnny Boo: The Best Little Ghost in the World costs $9.95, although right now you can buy it for $7.95 at publisher Top Shelf's website. (Here is a five-page preview.) And be sure to keep an eye out for Johnny Boo: Twinkle Power, due out in December 2008. I know that my son will be happy to see more of Kochalka's bedtime stories.
Disclaimer: This review is based on a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
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