“The Scariest Book Ever” by Bob Shea
This book is a real hoot, especially as a read-aloud. It is an interactive story in that the main character in the story (a fearful, yet likable ghost) talks directly to you, the reader. He is afraid of the woods outside his house and in the beginning is to scared to see the peeks of it that you get too between the pages. In the end he learns that not all things are as scary as they seem. Such a clever format for a book that is totally a winner in our opinion!
DIY Cellophane Ghosts
Easily our favorite part of the illustrations (other than their fantastic, vivid colors) is the likable little ghost. After “spilling orange juice” on his sheet he goes through the book as a clear, shiny ghost that is slightly raised from the pages with bold, graphic eyes. This creates the perfect illusion that he is see-through, yet still allows him to be seen. With his expressive eyes as the focal point.
The way he was shiny and slightly raised made me think of cellophane. It is clear and thin and I thought it would replicate the effect nicely. We gave it a try and I was so pleased with the results. Before we knew it we had a crew of our own see-through, bright-eyed ghosts to decorate our fridge. And, because our favorite illustration is the one where he has a tummy ache from eating too many doughnuts, we most definitely picked up some doughnut stickers and gave some of our ghosts a full belly.
- clear cellophane sheets or wrap
- wiggly eye stickers (similar to these ones)
- doughnut stickers if desired
- cut out some cellophane in the shape of a ghost
- stick on some eyes
- stick on other embellishments (such as doughnuts) as desired
If you give this Beyond the Book activity a try I’d love to hear how it goes! Share it on Instagram using hashtag #beyondthebook (I’m on Instagram as @book.nerd.mommy) or even just comment here with your thoughts. It would make my day! Or to simply save for later pin the image below.