… the young dragon who has had adventures with ninja frogs and giant bats? Danny Dragonbreath investigates a haunted house on Halloween night in his latest adventure – Ursula Vernon’s No Such Thing as Ghosts*. Danny, his best friend Wendell, and their classmate Christiana are out trick-or-treating when a bully challenges them to check out a spooky abandoned house. Christiana doesn’t believe in ghosts (or dragons, for that matter), so she comes up with rational explanations for most of the things they encounter. However, logic and skepticism are no match for the weirdness that happens around Danny, and the three friends must make a great sacrifice to escape the house and return to their families.
The entire Dragonbreath series is filled with Ursula Vernon’s quirky writing and wonderfully fun artwork, with a great mix of silliness and creepiness. Much of the book is text, but the art is cleverly integrated through frequent comic-style pieces in green, black, and white. Danny’s enthusiasm, wild imagination and love of the bizarre are tempered by his friend Wendell’s nerdiness and fear of, well, everything. Although No Such Thing as Ghosts is the fifth book in the series, it can be enjoyed without reading the others. They are all quick, fun reads, though, and well worth the time.
One of my favorite quotes (from p. 85):
[Danny] ran the flashlight over the boxes. Most of them had things written on the side like “Summer clothes” and “Kitchen stuff,” but then again, if you were a cannibal, you probably didn’t put labels like “Yummy dead bodies” and “Fresh corpses” on your boxes, did you?
Reviewed by Fran (staff)