When a new family moves into his house and Leo brings them mint tea and honey toast, as lovely kids do, he soon learns humans don't like ghosts.
So ... Leo leaves.
Out in the big world, Leo is ignored, until ... one little girl befriends him, with gorgeous consequences.
This is a classic friendship storyline given that achingly contemporary Mac Barnett twist, from the author voice to charm, humour and quirk.
There is a warm level of sentiment that will resonate with kids, a jigger of subtle messaging and lots of heart. There's also fearlessness, and two characters readers will fall in love wit.
Christian Robinson's superb retro-style illustrations perfectly carry the text, adding more than enough visual delight in this beautifully-produced book.
Title: Leo: A Ghost Story
Author: Mac Barnett
Illustrator: Christian Robinson
Publisher: Chronicle, $29.95 RRP
Publication Date: 1 August 2015
Format: Hard cover with dust jacket
For ages: 3 - 8
Type: Picture Book