Monday, October 4, 2010

Great Monday Give: Gus Was A Friendly Ghost


A few things.... Getting ready for Halloween around these parts. The Fawkes costume is almost finished, but I'm still waffling on a head piece. Tried out the hair dye this weekend and WAY too messy for a five-year-old to sport at school. UGH!

To get you guys in the mood, I'm giving away a classic hardcover book from the Gus the Ghost series by Jane Thayer with illustrations by Seymour Fleishman... Gus the Friendly Ghost in great, vintage condition. A funny little story about Gus and his unlikely friendship with a mouse. There's a great little bio on the Purple House Press site on Ms. Thayer -- or rather the woman who created her as a pen name -- so be sure and check it out.

Comment on this post before 11:59 PM on Sunday night, October 10 to be entered to win. A winner will be selected willy nilly and announced the next morning.

As for last week's give, that copy of Boy by Roald Dahl goes to Hanna. Congrats and send me your info to webe(at)soon(dot)com. Also, be reminded that when I randomly select a winner, I randomly do so by closing my eyes and jiggling my house around blindly. As such, I do not hunt said winners down. You are in charge of your own destiny, so be sure and check back every week for a winner.

Also, also...

READERS: If anyone will be creating a costume involving classic, storybook characters this Halloween, be sure and e-mail me a picture, I'd love to post!

PUBLISHERS AND AUTHORS: If any of you have classic reprints (meaning a book with an original pub date of 20+ years) coming out between now and Christmas, please let me know. I am planning a reprint roundup around Thanksgiving for all my readers who love vintage books but want to buy new as gifts.

Have a great one!

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24 comments:

Meghan said...

i used to LOVE this book way back when....

LitLass said...

Would love to have this book! If you're interested, I have a review up on my blog (litlad.blogspot.com) of a children's book from 1966.

Kristie said...

My kiddos would really love having this book read to them this time of year! Thank you for the chance to win!

~CMille said...

I love looking at the vintage books wherever I go! I love your blog!

Jill said...

I would love to be entered! We have my childhood copy of Gus and the Baby Ghost, but I've never read any others from this series. :)

TaminoTitiriteros said...

Me gusta este blog y que rico poder ganar un libro asiiii!!!!!!

Ali said...

We LOVE Halloween books and this one is sooooo hard to find. We would treasure it.

ChristyJan said...

Here's hoping that next week when you close your eyes and jiggle around your house blindly that you draw my name to win this fun book.

john & catherine said...

Oh, I had this one too, but haven't seen it in about 30 years. I would love to read it again with my own kids. Thanks!

Laura Major (Learning Is Child's Play) said...

OOOH! I remember that book! I loved it too! Thanks for the chance to win it and love it again! :)

pussreboots said...

Ooh! I loved that book when I was a child. I know my two would love it too.

mj said...

I loved this book too! I need a copy to add to my pile of Halloween books...

wmmahaney said...

I remember reading these books as a kid. I think that my Dentist office had copies that I always read.
Would love to share it with my boys.

Amy said...

We love all things Halloween at our house! Thanks for the shot at this book. I remember this one from when I was a kid.

Miranda said...

Gus was always one of my favorites. Looking at the cover reminds me of how it felt and smelled! Thanks for the proustian moment!

Miranda said...

I can still feel it in my hands. Thanks for the Proustian moment!

Nancy said...

I loved that book when I was little!

Ellie said...

Please count me in. This book is new to me! Sounds great for the Halloween season!
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Becky said...

Oh I would love the chance to win this book! My 9 year old son has a huge obsession with Halloween books, and in fact won't read a book unless it has something to do with Halloween. I would very much appreciate the opportunity to win this one! Thank you for considering me.

Page Turner said...

I had this book when I was a kid! I'd love to revisit it and share it with my kiddos!

wmmahaney said...

Thank you so much! I am so excited to win this for two reasons. Great book for Halloween, which my youngest loves, and it brings back great memories of reading it as a child. Thanks for the wonderful book giveaways and for showing such wonderful books. I have such fun finding them to read to my kids.

liz said...

I've been looking for this book for years and couldn't remember the title. I could only remember it was purple and the ghost was friendly. Thanks to you and google for finally sorting it out!

Gretchen said...

What a great website! I also could not remember the name of this book, so on a goodle search I found it here!! Yay! This book would be perfect for my toddler school!Thank you for a chance to win it!

Jill said...

FYI Purple House Press is reissuing this book for Fall 2014 :) It's a great story, brought to us by the team of Thayer/Fleishman who also created The Blueberry Pie Elf! More info is on www.purplehousepress.com/future.htm

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