43 Old Cemetery Road, #5
by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise
Middle Grade Humor
Reviewed from purchased copy.
ABOUT THE BOOK
In this fifth volume from 43 Old Cemetery Road, the trio at Spence Mansion leaves Ghastly for Hollywood, California . . . and for a shot at stardom! The film producer Moe Block Busters wants to make the 43 Old Cemetery Road story into a movie—and he promises it will be a sure-fire hit! Lured by the lights of Tinseltown, Ignatius B. Grumply, Olive C. Spence, and Seymour Hope pack their suitcases. But when they arrive in Hollywood, Olive has a sure-fire fit when she discovers how quickly fame changes Iggy and Seymour. Even worse, Olive has been written out of the script! “Little old lady ghosts are so yesterday,” says Moe. “What America wants is a terrifying ghost named Evilo.” Well, if it’s Evilo they want, it’s Evilo they’ll get. And Olive knows just the femme fatale to help her scare Hollywood’s most despicable director half to death.
I love this series! I love the humor and wordplay (lots of punning, the names alone say it all: Moe Block Busters, Hugh Briss, Ivana Oscar, etc) I know this series won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I thoroughly enjoy these stories told entirely through letters, memos, newspaper articles, photos, ads, and anything else the author and illustrator can think up. There isn't a whole lot of depth here, these are mostly stories that are light and easy to read, yet each book does have a theme. This one focuses on how easily fame can corrupt and how things are often not how they seem to be. Olive, the ghost, is especially enjoyable to read about as she has to bring Iggy and Seymour back to their senses and save Ivana Oscar from an evil plot as well as fix the mess that Mo Block Busters has made of her and her collaborators story. Can it be done? Of course it can be done, if Seymour, Iggy, and Olive have anything to say about it. Full of heart and humor, I highly recommend this series.
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