A Bank Street Best Book of 2021
Inspired by the children's song "The Ants Went Marching" and involving early math concepts, writer Kim Norman and illustrator Jay Fleck's The Ghosts Went Floating is a spooktacular adventure perfect for Halloween.
The ghosts went floating,
one by one,
when Halloween had just begun.
The ghosts went floating, one by one,
so why don’t YOU come join the fun?
Trick-or-treat with ghosts, skeletons, witches, zombies, and all sorts of cute and creepy creatures in this fun-filled Halloween counting adventure!
About the Author
Kim Norman is the author of more than a dozen picture books, including Ten on the Sled and The Bot That Scott Built. Her books have been widely translated and have earned numerous starred reviews. She lives in Virginia.
Jay Fleck is the illustrator of numerous children’s books, including Flo written by Kyo Maclear, Everything You written by Elizabeth McPike, The Ghosts Went Floating by Kim Norman, and We’re Going on a Treasure Hunt by Kelly DiPucchio. He lives in Shorewood, Illinois, with his family.
“[A] winner of a holiday-themed counting book. . .The rhymes read and scan deliciously well and develop vocabulary wonderfully by utilizing nifty words to describe the characters’ movements and behaviors as the creatures and count-along proceed. . .The humorous, extremely child-appealing illustrations are set against mostly dark red, blue, and purple backgrounds lit by a full moon, as befits the occasion. . .No trick: Count this one as a real Halloween treat.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Favorite children’s counting song 'The Ants Go Marching' gets a sweetly spooky makeover in this vibrant Halloween rendition. . .Fleck uses a pleasant palette and simple lines to create friendly-looking subjects on the move, in and out of moonlight and shadow and toward, in the closing pages, a festive Halloween fete.” —Publishers Weekly