Saturday, October 30, 2010

Zen Ghosts by Jon Muth

Amazon product description:
“It’s Halloween.
The trees are ablaze in fiery reds. Excited children don colorful costumes. And there’s mystery and fun around every corner!
When Addy, Michael, and Karl finish trick-or-treating, their bags are brimming with treats. But the fun isn’t over yet. Their good friend Stillwater the panda has one more special surprise in store for them. A mysterious visitor is about to tell them a spine-tingling story -- one that will fill each and every reader with wonder.”

This latest installment by Muth follows Zen Shorts and Zen Ties. The beautiful watercolor and ink illustrations are what first drew me to the Zen series.  This story is a little eclectic for young readers, but Muth has grounded his tale of duality (a tale of a young women who seems to live in two places at once) with humor and ordinary details from a child’s world at Halloween.  Muth includes an author’s note discussing Zen koans and the various versions of the Chinese tale of the woman living in two places. 

The meditative nature of the story may flow over children’s heads, but they will enjoy the peaceful flow of the story and the beautiful illustrations.  Fans of Zen Ties and Zen Shorts will want to add this one to their collection.

Recommended for K-3.

Mrs. Archer’s rating: 4 of 5 (The illustrations get a 5 plus)


  1. I read a positive review of this book somewhere in the past couple of weeks. Haven't seen it yet.

  2. You should check it out. The pictures are beautiful and while the story might be a little old for the girls, I think they would still like the book.

    Mrs. Archer