Published by HarperCollins on April 23rd 2013
Number of Pages: 112
Genres: Fantasy, Humor, Middle Grade, Paranormal
Purchase: At Amazon
Ever since nine-year-old Dennis's dad died, a veritable parade of ghosts has been passing through his bedroom. When the ghost of his uncle Arvie blows into his room on a warm breeze, Dennis isn't surprised, but Uncle Arvie is the first ghost who wants something from Dennis.
Dennis would love to help Uncle Arvie, but he can't quite understand what Uncle Arvie is asking for. What, for example, is "Fraggle pin Heartfoot a wig pasta"? Dennis has to find out, because this is one ghost who isn't going to leave until he gets what he came for.
Uncle Arvie's antics and Dennis's attempts to please his ghost form the heart of this touching story.
This was a really cute book. I liked the explanation about how ghosts appear, and why the one Dennis wants most to see, wasn’t there yet. It was also really sweet the way he helped his Uncle Arvie with his three “pleases”.
I loved the bit with the “wasps”, and how Dennis had to try to figure out what Uncle Arvie was saying to him. Uncle Arvie had a stroke when he was still alive, and so his words are all garbled. That seems to have carried over into his ghost-self. So Dennis’ dad is called his “pepperoni”, and Arvie calls his wife Julia “Heartfoot”. None of his words really mean what he’s trying to convey, and Dennis has to figure out what he means before he can help him.
I didn’t much like the plotline with the bully though. It doesn’t really get resolved at the end of the book, and the fact that he seems to have gotten away with throwing rocks through numerous windows at Dennis’ house irked me.
But overall it was a funny and sweet book. A very quick read, with nothing scary in it, not even the ghosts.