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How to Make Friends with a Ghost: Alum’s New Book Weaves Offbeat Humor, Quirky Illustrations

Posted September 29, 2017 in AlumniIllustration

Rebecca Green usually illustrates others’ narratives, but earlier this month the Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) alumna (’10, BFA Illustration) released her debut picture book, “How to Make Friends with a Ghost” (Tundra Books), which she wrote and illustrated herself.

Rebecca Green in her studioRebecca Green in her studio (credit: Cocco Photo) 

Green’s whimsical illustrations have an undeniable appeal. From gallery shows throughout the United States to magazine covers and children’s books to projects for clients such as Simon and Schuster, the Wall Street Journal, Amnesty International, and Amtrak, her work has shown an uncanny ability to connect with audiences from all walks of life.

How to Make Friends with a Ghost coverimage courtesy of Rebecca Green


Similarly, “How to Make Friends with a Ghost” appeals to both the young and the young at heart. Written as a guide to forging positive relationships with specters and spirits, the book is a freshly funny take on the timeless theme of friendship. Heartfelt copy and quirky illustrations depict Green’s protagonist reading her ghost friend a bedtime story, dancing alongside it to Halloween music, and sharing a swing set.

illustrations from How to Make Friends With A Ghostimage courtesy of Rebecca Green

illustrations from How to Make Friends With A Ghostimage courtesy of Rebecca Green

 

illustration from How to Make Friends with a Ghostimage courtesy of Rebecca Green

Previously, Green has illustrated Jacqueline Ogburn’s “The Unicorn in the Barn,” Robert Munsch’s and Saoussan Askar’s “Far From Away,” and Catherynne M. Valente’s “The Glass Town Game.”

“How to Make Friends with a Ghost” is available now.


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