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Bob’s Hungry Ghost

Côté, Geneviève (Author/Illustrator)
Tundra Books 2014. 32 pages
First published: 2014
ISBN: 9781770497139 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, point of view, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Simple language is used to relate this entertaining story about friendship. Bob and his new pet ghost, Fluffy, don’t get along. The ghost won’t fetch or sit; Bob refuses to play hide-and-seek.

Young readers will enjoy the idea of a pet ghost. As the lonely ghost consumes Bob’s things—and finally Bob himself—they may wish to suggest possible solutions and discuss other kinds of pets, bearing in mind the care and attention they need.

Sketchy illustrations use charcoal-like line and colour-wash fills to create lively, expressive images. Having been eaten, the world goes black, as Bob jumbles among his long-lost stuff, now visible only in bright-coloured outlines. (“Bad, BAD ghost!”) One image shows Bob reading a book about ghosts, while he passes the time inside Fluffy, while Fluffy himself looks pensive. (“Now he has nothing left to eat and no friend to play with.”) When Fluffy lets Bob out, the spread shows them both rolling with laughter, as Bob’s things bubble out of the ghost, back to their earthly forms.

Final images show them spending happy times together, illustrating the message that with friends and pets, we can always find mutual ground.

  •  

    Discuss whether you would like to receive (or give) a ghost as a gift. To whom would you give it and why?

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    Discuss the meaning of give and take. What did Bob and Fluffy come to realize about one another? What is the moral of this story?

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    Create a Friendship Recipe. List the ingredients that go into being a good friend (e.g. 1 c. of kindness, 3 Tbsp. of laughter). Enlarge the recipe for display.

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    Create a poster depicting the best birthday present ever. Describe it using onomatopoeias, nouns and adjectives.

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    Discuss and predict what activities Bob can do with his unusual pet.

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    Discern the rooms of the house by looking at the illustrations. Identify objects (sofa, bed, garbage can), label them and identify those that can be found in your own home. 

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    Make a class list of the kinds of mischief that animals can get into. Compare this with mischief that children get into.

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    At the end of the story, Bob and Fluffy learn to play together. What activities do you do with your friends or pets? What makes a good friend? A good pet? How are these qualities similar or different?

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