Ghost Buddy Book Series For Kids- A Must Read

We are a family that LOVES to read. When we visit the library, we often leave with more than our hands can hold, sometimes having to put some back because we’ve tried borrowing more than the library allows per patron. Logan borrowed six chapter books from the library just three days ago and has already read five of them!  So when we were contacted about reviewing the newest book in the Ghost Buddy series, (and catch up with the series by reading the previous book), I knew we’d enjoy it.

This series is written by Henry Winkler (that’s right, the Fonz from Happy Days!) and Lin Oliver.  
For background, 11 year-old Billy Broccoli moves to a new house with his mother and new step-family and discovers he has a roommate- Hoover Porterhouse, aka “the Hoove”, a funny teenage ghost with a major attitude.

In book one- Zero to Hero- the Hoove helps Billy adjust to his new school and how to deal with the school bully.
In book two- Mind if I Read Your Mind?– it’s time for Moorepark Middle School’s annual Speak Out Challenge, and Billy Broccoli thinks he’s got it made. With his best friend Hoover Porterhouse—the ghost with the most—by his side, Billy’s got the competition in the bag. Who wouldn’t vote for a demonstration on mind reading?

When the books came in the mail, my kids couldn’t wait for us to get started.  It took us a few days before we made time to sit down and start reading, but every day the kids reminded me that they were waiting!!  Once we got started, nobody was disappointed; These books were so much fun to read! When Connor went down for nap, 4 year-old Erik, 6 year-old Brooke and 8 year-old Logan and I lounged on the couches and I read the book aloud to them.  We had such a hard time putting the books down!  They really captured the kids’ attention from the very first page, and most of the time we only stopped because either my eyes hurt and my throat was hoarse, or Connor woke up and required too much of my attention.  None-the-less, we finished all 14 chapters of book one in 2 days, and all 16 chapters of book two in 3 days!  Every time I had to stop, the kids would beg for me to read them more more more!  The books included tons of humor, which made them much more appealing to my kids.

Aside from it being an interesting, fun read, I appreciated that Mr. Winkler and Ms. Oliver still tied in a good moral lesson by having Billy do the right thing in the end.  I hate to say too much for fear of giving it away, so you’ll just have to get the books and find out what I’m talking about!

Being a chapter book with no pictures, I wasn’t sure if my 4 year old would enjoy it much. However, all three of the kids just loved it,  so much so that they are anxiously waiting for the third book in the series to be available. Okay okay, I am too!


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