When I created the THREE GHOST FRIENDS, I honestly never saw them as Halloween characters. After writing the first three books in the series someone said to me, "These books are going to be great for Halloween!" I had been so focused on having the ghosts just playing and learning in the first three books that it never dawned on me to make a Halloween book. (Duh! Ghosts = Halloween!)
My best friend from elementary school and I were talking on the phone and he said, "You should have the ghosts dress up as ghosts. That would be funny!" I thought it was a genius idea and it was all the motivation I needed to starting working on my fourth book.
The question was, "How would I get the Three Ghost Friends to the climax of wearing ghost costumes?" What would they learn in this book? What concept would I teach to continue the series?
I love ABC books so I thought I would give it a try. (I am glad I did!)
After the sketching was complete I went to the computer to create all the images. I used iDraw to make all the illustrations. It was a blast creating all the costumes for the ghosts. Initially, I remember feeling hesitant to start because I really didn't know if I could put costumes on my ghosts. Once I did the Apple and Banana ghosts I realized that I could indeed draw costumes on the Three Ghost Friends. From there, I finished one costume after another. Once I finished one costume I wanted to work on the next!
Which one is my favorite? I really like the narwhal and the manatee costumes.
Below is a video of me reading Three Ghost Friends: Learn About the ABCs - Halloween Edition to my 18-month-old daughter. It has been such a joy that she has been asking me to read my books to her each day. Today, I decided to flip on the video camera and share our story time with you!
This book is currently on sale on Amazon.com and available as an eBook on iTunes for only 99 cents: