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Monday, June 27, 2011

Coming Soon: The Haunted Hamburger!

What could be scarier than a ghost? For one ghost, it would be a human baby in need of a diaper change! What could be scarier than a hot dog? Why, a haunted hamburger, of course! And what is scary about a doting relative wearing red lipstick? I think everyone knows the answer to that one. The very non-tired ghosts in David LaRochelle's soon-to-be-released book The Haunted Hamburger and Other Ghostly Stories want only a few bedtime stories from Father Ghost. He obliges with three tales about family members and their unique interactions with humans, something in the forest, and affection.

David's first copy arrived on Friday, and I eagerly looked at the final versions of the stories and illustrations this morning, anxious to purchase copies for young readers I love. Each story has a twist to make readers smile. My favorite line (and David's too) comes after that haunted hamburger is revealed on a tree stump in the woods. The ghost children say, "And we thought hot dogs were scary!"

Join David (and me) at the Red Balloon on Saturday, August 13th, at 2:00 p.m. for the publication party.


  1. Congratulations and best wishes to David. I think I'd want swiss cheese on my ghost burger because it has holes in it, like a tattered shroud.

  2. What a delight it was to share it with you today, Julie! And thank you for your opinions and suggestions during the final stages of this book, when I was making last-minute tweaks to the text and coming up with a new title to replace the original "Ghost Stories."

    I love the idea of Swiss cheese on a haunted hamburger, brattcat, to resemble a tattered shroud! I'll have to keep that in mind!

  3. Oooo, can't wait to see it . . . and you both! Marking it on my calendar!

  4. I have been following Extended Shelf Life as my "reward blog" whenever I need to fill my day with something good. Today you've given me a double treat as I take a break from some heavy chores in the steamy outdoors: your sparking writing + the announcement of David LaRochelle's HAUNTED HAMBURGER! This is a book David has been sharing with me from its early stages as a mere ghost of an idea, all the way to the dummy sketches. The illustrations make me laugh every time I see them, and are of course perfectly matched to David's just-right prose. I can't wait to see the real book!

    Keep your literary insights coming, Library Jewel! My days are richer for them as my stack of books, many recommended by you, grows ever taller.

  5. You are so kind, Laurie! I am glad to know my words are a bright spot in your days. Your thoughtful words make me feel warm inside!