She Wanted to Be Haunted (Hardcover)

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The rhyming, cutesy (or is it), colorful, irreverent Halloween book your bookshelves need. It's absurd and has a great twist. Perfect.


— From She Wanted to be Haunted


With whimsical, rhyming stanzas, She Wanted to be Haunted offers a delightful, lyrical twist on the ever-important question of how to be your very best self.

Clarissa the cottage is adorable . . . bright pink, with windows that wink, and flowers growing all around. But Clarissa doesn't want to be adorable--being cute is boring.

Couldn't she be like her father, a creepy castle home to vampires and crypts? Or like her mother, a witch's hut full of spells and smells? If only she were haunted! Then she'd be less ordinary . . . What will it take for Clarissa to go from adorable to horrible?

About the Author

Marcus Ewert is the author of several picture books, including Mr. Pack Rat Really Wants That, illustrated by Kayla Stark, Mummy Cat, illustrated by Lisa Brown, and 10,000 Dresses, recipient of the Stonewall Honor Award and illustrated by Rex Ray. Marcus works as a bookseller and lives in an actual turret in an old Victorian mansion in San Francisco. It is very likely haunted.

Susie Ghahremani is an award-winning illustrator, exhibiting artist, and designer of the popular gift brand boygirlparty®. Her books include What Will Hatch and What Will Grow by Jennifer Ward, Little Muir's Song by John Muir, Stack the Cats, and Balance the Birds. Susie once lived in an adorable pink house in Rhode Island that was most certainly haunted, but now she lives in Southern California with her husband and their black cat.

Praise For…

“This lyrical picture book about the wonders of seeds will charm readers with its fun gatefolds and softly appealing illustrations of animals and plants.” —Shelf Awareness, starred review, on WHAT WILL GROW?

“Ghahremani's art is playful yet refined, and the soft textures of the wood she paints on bring warmth to vignettes of dandelion-laden meadows, pumpkins stalked by a fox, and frosty winter fields.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review, on WHAT WILL GROW?

“Captures the magic and excitement of planting a garden and waiting for it to bloom.” —School Library Journal, starred review, on WHAT WILL GROW?

An utterly original take on themes of self-acceptance just in time for Halloween, this is a potential hit to have on every shelf.” —School Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9781681197913
ISBN-10: 168119791X
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Publication Date: July 7th, 2020
Pages: 40
Language: English