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A Wee Boo
By (author): Jessica Boyd Illustrated by: Brooke Kerrigan
Jessica Boyd ,

Illustrated by :

Brooke Kerrigan


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book, Sewn, Laminated cover
Hardcover , Picture book, Sewn, Laminated cover


Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) P - K, Grade (US) P - K, Reading age 3 - 5
Sep 13, 2022
Print Run: 5000
$21.95 CAD


10.75in x 7.75 x 0.31 in | 400 gr

Page Count:

32 pages


17 Colour illustrations
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
Children’s / Teenage fiction: Humorous stories|Picture storybooks|Children’s / Teenage fiction: Friendship stories|Children’s / Teenage general interest: Zombies, ghosts and the undead|Interest age: from c 3 years
North America
  • Short Description
A humorous picture book about a ghost who is too cute to be scary and who realizes that she might have a more important future as an imaginary friend.
A Wee Boo is too cute to spook

This heartwarming ghost story will make readers laugh out loud and sympathize with a ghost who is too cute to be scary.

Wee Boo is a ghost who wants nothing more than to earn her haunting license like all the other accredited ghosts. The problem? She’s far too cute to scare anyone! She’s given one last chance, with extraordinarily low standards: Boo doesn’t need to make anyone scream or gasp or shudder, she just needs one “whoa” to earn her place as a certified ghost. But she's running out of chances and her final haunting is not going well—that is until she meets a baby. When Boo makes the baby laugh, she realizes something: although she’s terrible as a scary ghost, she might just make an outstanding imaginary friend. And a baby laughing in a crib at an invisible friend might just be enough to spook someone after all—the baby's parents.

Key Selling Points

  • A humorous story about a little ghost who is too cute to scare and realizes there may be a more important job out there for her.
  • Examines being true to oneself and following an unexpected path.
  • A perfect story for children who love Halloween but don’t like to be frightened.
  • Brooke Kerrigan also illustrated A Plan for Pops, which was shortlisted for the Blue Spruce Award and was selected as an OLA Best Bet, a CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens, and a Top Ten Title on the ALA Rainbow List.

Jessica Boyd has been a creative writer for over 16 years. She loves writing, reading, baking delicious treats for her delightful friends and hanging out with her wonderful daughters and husband. Jessica reviews kid lit titles on her popular blog, Jess Reviews a Book. Jessica grew up in Scarborough, Ontario, but now lives outside of Toronto. She has yet to see a ghost at her house.

Brooke Kerrigan has loved to draw ever since she was a little girl, so it seemed only natural that she would grow up to be an artist. Of all her creative endeavors, illustrating children's books is her favorite. Born in Toronto, she currently lives with her husband in the French Alps, in a little town that inspires her every day.

Marketing and Promotional Plans

  • Print and online advertising campaigns
  • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
  • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
  • Blog and social media promotion
  • Outreach in Orca newsletters

“A charming story...Boo’s attempts at frightening animals and people are humorous and guaranteed to make more than babies smile. Delightful illustrations are digitally created...The result is pleasing to the eye and adds so much to the enjoyment of the tale. Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Snappily paced; Boo is an endearing protagonist; and the humor in both text and mixed-media art will keep readers engaged.” - The Horn Book

“Instantly lovable...The cute ghost who is unable to scare will resonate with many little readers. When you’re small and cute it’s hard to be taken seriously by bigger kids and adults. But as this story proves, the goal is not to be like others – it’s to find a way to be your unique self.” - Quill & Quire

“Readers will have no choice but to fall in love…A light and approachable ghost story that is well-suited to both classroom and home reads.” - Children's Literature

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