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Children's Fiction Ghost Stories

A Wee Boo

by (author) Jessica Boyd

illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2022
Ghost Stories, Humorous Stories, Friendship
Recommended Age
3 to 5
Recommended Grade
p to k
Recommended Reading age
3 to 5
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2022
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2022
    List Price

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This heartwarming ghost story will make readers laugh out loud and sympathize with a ghost who is too cute to be scary.

Wee Boo is a ghost who wants nothing more than to earn her haunting license like all the other accredited ghosts. The problem? She’s far too cute to scare anyone! She’s given one last chance, with extraordinarily low standards: Boo doesn’t need to make anyone scream or gasp or shudder, she just needs one “whoa” to earn her place as a certified ghost. But she's running out of chances and her final haunting is not going well—that is until she meets a baby. When Boo makes the baby laugh, she realizes something: although she’s terrible as a scary ghost, she might just make an outstanding imaginary friend. And a baby laughing in a crib at an invisible friend might just be enough to spook someone after all—the baby's parents.

About the authors

JESSICA BOYD est écrivaine depuis plus de 16 ans. Elle adore écrire, lire, cuisiner de délicieuses gâteries pour ses merveilleux amis, et passer du temps avec ses filles et son mari adorés. Jessica fait des critiques de livres pour enfants sur son blogue populaire, Jess Reviews a Book. Elle a grandi à Scarborough, en Ontario, mais vit maintenant près de Toronto. Elle n’a toujours pas vu de fantôme dans sa maison.


JESSICA BOYD has been a creative writer for over sixteen years. She loves writing, reading, baking delicious treats for her delightful friends, and hanging out with her wonderful daughters and husband. Jessica reviews kid lit titles on her popular blog, Jess Reviews a Book. Jessica grew up in Scarborough, Ontario, but now lives outside of Toronto. She has yet to see a ghost at her house.

Jessica Boyd's profile page

BROOKE KERRIGAN est une artiste, graphiste et illustratrice de livres pour enfants. Elle est diplômée du Sheridan College en illustration interprétative et a illustré plus de dix livres pour enfants, dont Fishermen Through and Through, Plan for Pops et The Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain, qui lui a valu un prix Blue Spruce. On peut aussi voir son travail dans les pages du magazine Chirp. Brooke partage son temps entre l’Ontario et une petite ville des Alpes françaises



BROOKE KERRIGAN grew up surrounded by books and the love of art. Now she has illustrated more than a dozen books including Fishermen Through & Through, A Plan for Pops and the Blue Spruce Award Honour Books The Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain and Kiss Me! I’m a Prince.


Her fun and whimsical illustrations are created in watercolour, gouache, pencil crayon and collage. Born and raised in Toronto, she now splits her time between Tiny, Ontario and a little town in the French Alps called Chamonix. Visit her at

Brooke Kerrigan's profile page


  • Commended, Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices
  • Commended, Children's Book Council Children's & YA Favorites Award Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • Winner, Children's Book Council Teacher Favorites Award Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

Editorial Reviews

“A fun, charming story about self-discover and finding one's purpose in after-life.”

Canadian Children's Book News

“Snappily paced; Boo is an endearing protagonist; and the humor in both text and mixed-media art will keep readers engaged.”

The Horn Book

“Charming, funny, utterly captivating.”

Cooperative Children's Book Center

“Instantly lovable...The cute ghost who is unable to scare will resonate with many little readers. When you’re small and cute it’s hard to be taken seriously by bigger kids and adults. But as this story proves, the goal is not to be like others – it’s to find a way to be your unique self.”

Quill & Quire

“Readers will have no choice but to fall in love…A light and approachable ghost story that is well-suited to both classroom and home reads.”

Children's Literature

“A charming story...Boo’s attempts at frightening animals and people are humorous and guaranteed to make more than babies smile. Delightful illustrations are digitally created...The result is pleasing to the eye and adds so much to the enjoyment of the tale. Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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