Meet Sir Simon, Super Scarer. He’s a professional ghost who has been transferred to his first house. And just in time! He was getting tired of haunting bus stops and forests and potatoes. And to top it off, this house is occupied by an old lady – they’re the easiest to haunt!
But things don’t go as planned when it turns out a KID comes with this old lady. Chester spots Simon immediately and peppers him with questions. Simon is exasperated. . . until he realizes he can trick Chester into doing his ghost chores. Spooky sounds, footsteps in the attic, creaks on the stairs – these things don’t happen on their own, you know!
I love this book so much!
Simon is one of those characters you can draw wearing anything or doing any activity, and they always look adorable. It’s amazing how such a simply drawn character, who kinda looks like a tooth with eyes, can be so expressive.
The simplicity of Simon’s design makes the details of the illustrations stand out even more. Among the many extravagant illustrations, there are many references to Cale Atkinson’s other books. I learned from reading his Instagram page that there are over 50 hidden objects referencing to classic scary movies, like Ghostbusters, The Nightmare on Elm Street, and It.
Simon and Chester’s friend dynamic is like the friendship between Molly McGee and Scratch from Disney Channel’s The Ghost and Molly McGee. Both stories have an excitable human and a ghost whose job is to scare people.