We used to do Picture Book Thursday on On My Bookshelf (and there are still reviews up there!) and since I’ve been reading Halloween books with my two-year-old nonstop, I thought Thursday would be a good time to start posting about some of our favorites.

Today’s is Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O’Connell, and this may be the current favorite. This is a countdown-from-ten book, and it’s one of the better ones. The story is cute, the rhymes aren’t forced, the rhythm doesn’t trip me up as I read it aloud, and the pictures have delightful little details we both enjoy. A witch has moved into a haunted house and she wants the resident ghosts to leave. She scares them away one by one, using various disguises and props. But the ghosts won’t give up that easily!

My only complaint is that the stylized, ghostly numbers on each page aren’t the best for number recognition. I don’t get bored or annoyed reading it aloud over and over (which is good, because we read it eleven times this morning), and my daughter points out details in the pictures and has started to chant along as I read. She liked it last year, but it’s perfect for her at two, almost three. I expect it’ll still be popular next year.

Source disclosure: I purchased this book.