Thursday, June 4, 2015

MIDDLE GRADE REVIEW: Greetings from the Graveyard by Kate Klise


Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
If a ghost can write books,
Why not greeting cards, too?

The bestselling trio from Spence Mansion are launching a greeting card company called Greetings from the Graveyard.

But what kind of card do you send to an ex-girlfriend who threatens to publish the love letters of Ignatius B. Grumply? And what do you send when the town of Ghastly is rocked by its first crime wave and two escaped convicts are on the loose?

If you’re Olive C. Spence, you send for your old butler, T. Leeves, who arrives just in time for tea—and trouble!

Told in generously illustrated letters and newspaper articles, these books are a visual feast perfect for kids who love series like Big Nate and the Dork Diaries but with a ghostly twist.


I must admit that I thoroughly enjoy these books by the Klise sisters.  I'm not entirely sure why.  Maybe it's the silly, punny names of the characters (Liza Lott and Rob Z. Lott for the escaped convicts).  Maybe it's the unusual family: a boy, a grumpy former children's book author who doesn't like children, and a hundred-year old ghost, none of whom are actually related.  But I think what I especially like is the format which involves letters, paintings, newspaper articles, and memos to tell the story.  For some reason I really like this.  The series is fun and appealing, especially to readers who enjoy word play and plenty of silliness.

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