The Little Ghost Godfrey

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The Little Ghost Godfrey
Lilla spöket Laban, konst i Karlstad.jpg
The little Ghost Godfrey as public art in Karlstad.
First appearance1965 (1965)
Created byInger and Lasse Sandberg

The Little Ghost Godfrey (Swedish: Lilla spöket Laban [Laban the Little Spook]) or "the ghost who wouldn't haunt", is a Swedish children's book character created by Inger and Lasse Sandberg from Karlstad, Sweden. The books revolve around the boy ghost Laban and his family, the Father ghost, the Mother ghost and Laban's sister Labolina.[1] The first book about Laban was published in 1965.

Laban is a friendly character who does not want to haunt and scare people, and who lives in the basement of the castle "Gomorronsol"[2] where he is friends with the youngest prince. The setting is domestic and shows the everyday life of the characters.[1] The characters were created to help the creators' son Nicklas get over his fear of ghosts as a child.[3]

Other characters created by the authors include The Thumb and Little Anna.

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  1. ^ a b Nikolajeva, M, and C Scott (2001). How Picturebooks Work. London: Psychology Press. pp 63-64.
  2. ^ Lotta Olsson (22 August 2015). "Pigg hundrafemtioåring" (in Swedish). Dagens nyheter. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  3. ^ Arne Lapidus (30 April 2015). "Populära sagospöket Laban firar 50-årsdag" (in Swedish). Expressen. Retrieved 22 October 2017.