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  • Kelsey Marie Paff

New Publication: The Ghosts Go Marching by Maria Modugno with Illustrations by Claudia Boldt.


Inspired by the well known song, "The Ants go Marching," author Maria Modugno has recreated it as a Halloween-themed story with ghosts, cats, robots, pumpkins, bats, and many more festive friends. Similar to board books like Old McDonald Had a Truck or Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus, The Ghosts Go Marching is a fun way to introduce songs and nursery rhymes to kids. One thing I particularly liked about this Halloween-themed board book is that the illustrations aren't scary like other Halloween-themed board books I've seen. Illustrator, Claudia Boldt's wide-eyed and seemingly cheerful pumpkins (pictured below) are one of my favorite band of marchers throughout the book. You can even tell by those eyes that they have candy on their minds! I also noticed, after reading about Boldt's appreciation for Richard Scary, how Boldt's illustrations do have a kind of Richard Scary influence to them. What do you think?


A merry bunch of friends, The Ghosts Go Marching is great for those days leading up to Halloween, or just as an all-year-round favorite.


Enjoy!