The Ghostly Carousel

Delightfully Frightful Poems

  • Interest Level: Grade 1 - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

A zombie family reunion, a “Jekyll lantern,” a giggling undertaker, a telekinetic warlock . . . are you scared yet?

Sure to induce shrieks and giggles in equal measure, Calef Brown’s poems present a wonderfully creepy cast of characters. Richly detailed paintings add to the frightful fun!

“Employing clever puns and unexpected end rhyme, Brown creates as engaging an aural experience as a visual one. . . . [E]mboldens young readers to find fun in things that go bump in the night.”—Kirkus Reviews

“[W]ickedly humorous and gently eerie.”—Publishers Weekly

“A highly recommended purchase for Brown fans and those who relish poems that go bump in the night.”—School Library Journal

“[A]n imaginative exercise perfect for the Halloween season.”—The Horn Book Magazine

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Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Picture Books
Category Holidays
Copyright 2018
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2018-08-01
Text Type Poetry
BISACS JUV057000, JUV017030, JUV069000
Dewey 811/.54
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8 x 10
Lexile 760
ATOS Reading Level 4.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 198690
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author, Illustrator: Calef Brown

Calef Brown is the author and illustrator of many celebrated books including Polkabats and Octopus Slacks, Dutch Sneakers and Fleakeepers, Tippintown, Hallowillloween, We Go Together!, Boy Wonders, Hypnotize a Tiger, and Flamingos on the Roof, a New York Times bestseller.


  • New York Public Library Best Books for Kids, Winner, 2018


Publishers Weekly

“[W]ickedly humorous and gently eerie.”—Publishers Weekly