Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Babar and the Ghost

Babar and the Ghost

Laurent de Brunhoff, Ellen Weiss
Picture Book  Series
For ages 5 to 8
Abrams, 2001   ISBN: 978-0810943988

One day Babar, his family, and his friends Cornelius and the Old Lady go off for a hike in the country. The children are keen to visit the Black Castle and just as they approach the spooky looking place a storm arrives. The hikers take refuge from the wind and rain in the castle and as the rain does not let up, they decide to spend the night there.

While the grownups are asleep the children set off to explore the castle and they meet the ghost of Baron Bardula. The Baron is a friendly character and when the children invite him to return to Celesteville with them, he gladly accepts. The children are delighted to have this new companion, especially as they are the only ones who can see him. Soon the Baron is causing all kinds of mischief in Celesteville and Babar is wondering what on earth is going on in his city. Why is a car driving itself down the street, and who are the children spending so much time with?

In this entertaining picture book Babar’s children and their friends have a truly wonderful adventure, making a very special new friend who is happy to trick the grownups and cause mischief. Babar fans of all ages will greatly enjoy seeing how perplexed Babar is by the strange goings-on that are happening all around him.