Goth Girl: and the Ghost of a Mouse

Goth Girl: and the Ghost of a Mouse

Book rating: 05 Hardback Macmillan Children's Books

By (author) Chris Riddell

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  • Format: Hardback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 216mm x 25mm | 445g
  • Publication date: 12 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0230759807
  • ISBN 13: 9780230759800
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 3,308

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Ada Goth is the only child of Lord Goth. The two live together in the enormous Ghastly-Gorm Hall. Lord Goth believes that children should be heard and not seen, so Ada has to wear large clumpy boots so that he can always hear her coming. This makes it hard for her to make friends and, if she's honest, she's rather lonely. Then one day William and Emily Cabbage come to stay at the house, and together with a ghostly mouse called Ishmael they and Ada begin to unravel a dastardly plot that Maltravers, the mysterious indoor gamekeeper, is hatching. Ada and her friends must work together to foil Maltravers before it's too late!

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Author information

Chris Riddell is an accomplished artist and the political cartoonist for the Observer. He has enjoyed great acclaim for his books for children. His books have won a number of major prizes, including the 2001 and 2004 Kate Greenaway Medals. His previous work for Macmillan includes the bestselling OTTOLINE books, THE EMPEROR OF ABSURDIA and, with Paul Stewart, MUDDLE EARTH and the BLOBHEADS series. Chris lives in Brighton with his family.

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By Go Book Yourself 03 Dec 2013 5

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse was provided free of charge by The Book Depository in return for an honest review.

I was on Goth Girl like a magpie!. I was immediately drawn to it when I saw it. It's so beautiful and shiny! There was as much thought put into the design of the book itself as the story.

I have been a fan of Paul Stuart and Chris Riddell since the original Twig novels were published. Beyond the Deepwoods drew me in and then I was hooked for life!

Now for the book itself. Ada Goth lives with her father in the sprawling Gastly-Gorm Hall. She spends the majority of her time alone. Her father avoids her as she reminds him of his deceased wife. So much so that she must wear big plodding boots around the house so that he can hear her approaching. He limits his time with her to once a week for tea.

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I love drawings and pictures, so this work is one of those great opportunities to admire fantastic illustrations made by the same author of the story, Chris Riddell. And it's been so beautifully published, that you handle it somehow like a jewel to keep on your favourite bookshelf.

Ada Goth lives with her father, who compels her to wear a pair of huge noisy boots in order to be heard and not seen in his big mansion house. From the moment she meets Ishmael, the ghost of a mouse, Ada will have the chance to inspect some of the unexplored spots of the house. She is also going to meet a bunch of new people and creatures, who will collaborate on figuring out what someone is plotting in relation to an important event.

I have definitely enjoyed the quirky humour and the illustrations. I often went to the aerial view of Ghastly-Gorm Hall, its ruin and gardens -displayed in the first pages-, which is a fantastic way to keep well situated in the property. It's a pity though that Ishmael, the ghost mouse, doesn't appear in the story as much as it is expected, but it really is a goal anyway.

Brilliantly planned, full of excitement, exquisitely well chosen situations and smart details, I think children will love Goth Girl's pictures and its nutty details, but also grown-ups, as it is crowded with lovely references to History, Arts and Literature.

And everybody will end up finding a great surprise at the end, or a teeny-weeny one, as it reads on the back of this lovely book!