What I am Reading – 43 Old Cemetery Road : Dying to Meet You

43 Old Cemetery Road : Dying to Meet You was written by  Kate Klise and illustrated by her sister  M. Sarah Klise.  It is written in letter form and each character has their own distinct stationary .  They have  witty names that  kids will like such as Anita Sale the realtor and Paige Turner a publisher. The illustrations are as must of a star  as the words as since  Seymour, the boy in the book draws many of the events that happen.

The main three characters are Seymour Hope a eleven year old boy, Olive C Spence a ghost and Ignatius B. Grumply a children’s author who rents the house at 43 old Cemtary Lane. The story begins with Iggy needing a quiet place to write his next very overdue installment of his children’s book series. As part of the rental agreement for the house, Iggy has to let Seymour stay at the house because his horrible parents left for Europe without him. Iggy does not believe in ghosts or being happy until Olive and Seymour help him write his book. It was a quick fun read.  I enjoyed it so much I had to read the next book in the series.   43 Old Cemetery Road : Over My Dead Body,   has a pompous do- gooder named Dick Tater who is trying to separate the three happy occupants and cancel Halloween.  It was excellent too!

The book 43 Old Cemetery Road : Dying to Meet  You by Kate Klise is a Nutmeg nominated book. I would recommend it for children in grades 2 to 5.  Since 1993 the Nutmeg book lists have been released. The Nutmegs are picked by Connecticut librarians for children to read and vote for their favorite. The website is at http://nutmegaward.org/56901/index.html.

 

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