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Review: 100 Ghosts by Doogie Horner

100 Ghosts: A Gallery of Harmless Haunts
by Doogie Horner

What is the classic Halloween costume? A bedsheet ghost. Cut two eyeholes out, pull the sheet over your head, and BOO! Instant ghost. In this little picture book, published by Quirk Books, Doogie Horner explores one hundred variations on this basic ghost form. What would a friendly pirate ghost, shy ghost, or Russian nesting doll ghost look like? It's all in here...

So this is a very cute book. There's no real text, just a picture and a title. Picture and title. Some of the ghosts are somewhat clever – the Marilyn Monroe ghost has a strategic air vent blowing its sheet in the air, while the Grumpy Cat ghost resembles a certain famous feline. But I found most of the ghosts to be silly and forgettable, and after ten minutes I had seen all the images and I was done with the book.

With a cover price of $9.95, that's about $1.00 for every minute of rather bland entertainment. So I ask you is it worth it? I'm all for whimsy and visual sight gags, but for substance this book is as empty as the air under a ghost's bedsheet.

2.5 out of 5 stars

To read more about 100 Ghosts, buy it or add it to your wishlist click here.

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Jan. 14th, 2014 04:01 am (UTC)
Oh, that's too bad. When I started reading your description, I thought that maybe there would be a little more to the different illustrations. I guess a cute idea is all Mr. Horner was going for.
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