McBroom’s Ghost

mcbroom's ghostAuthor: Sid Fleischman

Illustrator: Robert Frankenberg

My rating: 4.5 of 5

This short story is a treat that can be read in one sitting. As with most of Fleischman’s works, it is a quick, light story that can be enjoyed by children but that has enough witty turns of phrase and uniqueness of concept that it will appeal to older audiences as well. McBroom’s Ghost starts out tall and gets taller as it goes, with Farmer McBroom telling his family’s experiences with a “ghost” one winter. The creative phrases of this tall tale are what really brings it to life, and Frankenberg’s illustrations fit the bucolic feel of the story perfectly. This is a great story to read aloud to children or to enjoy over a cup of something hot on your own.

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