Sid Fleischman ~ pics by Robert Frankenberg ~ WW Norton, 1971
Perhaps the original "slack-jawed yokel", the overbites (underbites?) of McBroom and his clan are practically the focal points of this strangely-illustrated series. Later reillustrated and still in print, the story is a good one about the winter when McBroom's family (wife and 80 kids) was visited by a supposed specter, one that mimics voices and farmyard sounds. That said, I'm all about a book where everybody talks hillbilly. My mom would label this kind of verbal jibber jabber "crazy talk"... because it sounds like...
You never heard such a howling! And didn't those hogs stop in their tracks! I tell you they near jumped out of their skins. That ghost kept yipping and howling from every quarter. Heck Jones didn't have a chance to hee and to haw. Those razorbacks turned on their heels. They trampled him in the mud and kept running -- though one of them did come back for the shoofly pie. My, they did run! I heard later they didn't stop until they arrived back in Arkansas where they were mistaken for guinea pigs. They had run off that much weight.
Yep, this is a book where the young 'uns pass the time flipping through the mail order catalog or listening at the talking machine. The good old days, yes sirree. Even though the word ghost is in the title and there is a ghost (kind of) in the story, McBroom's Ghost is way more funny than scary and odds are your kid will spend the entire time asking questions like... "Why are all those children in that house? Is it a school or something?"... "What's a razorback?"... "Why are you reading the story in that silly voice, mama?"... "Why does that bad guy look like the man on the chicken bucket?"