So Not Ghoul
“A pun-tacular ghost story.”
“A luminous picture book that embraces the beauty of biculturalism.”
“A fun, ghostly spin on trading blending in for standing out.”
On her first day haunting a new school, all Mimi has to wear are old Chinese gowns from her great-great-great-great-great-ghost-grandmother. She wants to look horrifying and rattle chains with the cool American ghouls at school, but her ghost ancestors insist she dress and behave like a good Chinese ghost. Desperate to fit in and find a middle haunting ground between her cultures, she plans a ghastly new look. But she questions whether her haunt couture is a fabulous fright or a grave mistake when her family finds out, and another ghoul at school appropriates her Chinese fashion.
Download the Activity Pack
This 12-page companion guide takes you into Mimi’s Chinese American ghost world with a series of fun activities. Use it to spark young readers’ imaginations or start conversations!
- Learn Mandarin
- Ghostly Word Search
- Match Game
- Paper Ghoul (paper doll and outfits)
- Paper Chain (paper necklace)
- Origami Friends (ghost and cat)
- Mean Ghouls (talk about bullying)
- Make New Friends (group activity)
Ask Your Local Library to Purchase So Not Ghoul
Please make a purchase request at your local library to help bring this bicultural tale to children everywhere.
- Author: Karen Yin
- Illustrator: Bonnie Lui
- Publisher: Page Street Kids
- Release date: August 2, 2022
- ISBN-10 (book): 1645675572
- ISBN-13 (book): 978-1-64567-557-0
- Age: 4 to 8