The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo! by Elaine Bickell and Raymond McGrath

When Little Ghost flies into the night, she’s ready to scare the first person she sees. But when she opens her mouth, all that comes out is a puff of air—she’s lost her boo! While she searches high and low for it, some nighttime friends offer up their own similar sounds, but they’re not quite right. Can you help Little Ghost find her BOO?

Elaine Bickell has woven expert rhymes with an empowering message to form a downright adorable story. On the surface, she’s crafted a fun series of animal encounters for Little Ghost to explore an abundance of sounds that are close to BOO. However, underneath this fun, lively text is a message for young readers to accept their individuality and not to change because it’s easy. Moreover, there’s a push for perseverance even when things seems hopeless, and both of these ideas fit seamlessly into the narrative.

A series of gorgeous illustrations by Raymond McGrath complement the text. His generally cool background color palette, composed of blues and darker shades, allows for his richly painted characters to pop under the night sky. And of course, the adorable Little Ghost, pale and seemingly glowing, always keeps the focus. This is remarkable considering McGrath packs a lot into a single page, though the result is visually exciting and never overwhelming.

Hauntingly cute, The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo! combines clever couplets, enchanting illustrations, and a bit of reader participation for a perfect picture book.

Title: The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo!
Author: Elaine Bickell
Illustrator: Raymond McGrath
Publisher: Philomel Books
Publication Date: August 18, 2020
Classification: Picture Book

Bickell’s Facebook | McGrath’s Website | Publisher’s Page | Goodreads

Note: I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss.


  1. “there’s a push for perseverance even when things seems hopeless” – I so so need to hear this message right now. Good review, Christopher. 🙂 You wrote a review after a long time, didn’t you?

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