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Click below to hear the children at The Purple Door Children's Centre in Nova Scotia, Canada sing Ten Timid Ghosts!

Ten Timid Ghosts

written and illustrated by Jennifer O’Connell

Available at: Your Local Bookstore  |  Barnes & Noble  |  Amazon

The New York TimesPublishers Weekly, USA Today and Amazon Bestseller with Over One Million Copies Sold to date!

It's Halloween, and ten timid ghosts in a haunted house have a problem: a mean witch has moved in and is planning to scare them out, one by one! Young trick-or-treaters learn to count down from ten to one as each ghost flees from the witch's silly costumes and homemade props. When the homeless ghosts gather in the woods, their fear turns to determination and they plot to get their house back. Will the ghosts frighten the witch away in time for Halloween night?

A child can experience the book by counting the ghosts in each spread and matching the number. The rhythmic text is especially engaging for emergent readers. Many 'pre reading' children memorize the book and enjoy showing others how they can 'read' it.



“....For young kids who crave just a little scare, this book will be a good choice and great fun for Halloween.”

Marilyn Courtot, Children’s Literature

Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O'Connell has got to be one of the greatest books to read to kids around Halloween time. I recently read this to my daughter and some of her friends. They all laughed at the goofy disguises that the witch wears to scare the ghosts.

...I think it is great that this book counts backwards from ten. It is always useful to teach something in books like this. Yet what I truly appreciate about Ten Timid Ghosts is the good story. Reading is so crucial for kids. It takes a truly gifted artist to absorb them in a story. I commend Mrs. O'Connell for doing just that here.

If you want a great book to read to younger kids this Halloween, you need look no further than Ten Timid Ghosts. I recommend this book.”  

Parent, Amazon.com

“I chose this book to use in a math workshop for kindergarten and first grade teachers. Teachers enjoyed the book and were excited about using it in their classrooms. It is a great resource to use to help students recognize numbers and work with number combinations. Not only did the teachers love the book, but my four year old son also loved the book. Despite the fact that Halloween is long over, he still insists on reading it all the time. He loves the illustrations and the story line. It is a wonderful book with clever and predictable word patterns that also encourages young children to practice recognizing their numbers.”

Educator, Amazon.com

“We just got this book and it is excellent. My 3 year old loves it. She is “reading” it to herself already. We love looking for the ghosts on every page and the story is really cute.

...this is a fun, fun, fun book, we were laughing out loud.”

Parent, Amazon.com

“...Each page is filled with so much happening and wonderful details that keep us finding new things each time we read the book.

...I love that this book made enough of an impression that they [the children] are requesting it several times a day and they are remembering what they are hearing too! This is a wonderful Halloween book and I’m glad that I’ve added it to our bookshelf. I think that children as young as two and up to around six would enjoy this book, year after year.”

Parent, Epinions.com

“This is a fun, funny counting book perfect for the Halloween season. It’s one of those books that both my six and two year old just loved from the very first read.”

Parent, Amazon.com