- Reading level: 8 - 11 years
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Unabridged edition (12 September 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0230759807
- ISBN-13: 978-0230759800
- Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
- Customer Reviews: 130 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse Hardcover – Unabridged, 12 September 2013
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...the most covetable book of the year. It is simply the most outstandingly beautiful piece of book design and production....This book is a triumph from an author and illustrator at the height of his powers... Source: ReadingZone Published On: 2013-09-01
I'm sure this will become a cherished book and will be opened more than once. Source: The Book Bag Published On: 2013-09-01
Both illuminated and illuminating this is a magnum opus from the singular talent of Chris Riddell and is certain to be the jewel in the crown of every book case it adorns. Source: Droplets of Ink Published On: 2013-09-01
What I discovered with this book is that [Chris Riddell]'s a pretty children's writer... This whole book is a delight - a worthy winner of the Costa children's book award. Source: awfullybigreviews.blogspot.co.uk Published On: 2014-03-03
Through its entertaining play of surface trappings, the book opens out into a varied network of gothic texts that lead the reader down several enticing garden paths - reminiscent of the overgrown gardens that surround Ghastly-Gorm Hall itself. I urge readers to give into the temptations offered by the sumptuous packaging, and enter the delightfully silly world of Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse. Have fun exploring! Source: gothic.stir.ac.uk Published On: 2014-03-03
This solo venture is a cracking combination of rollicking mystery adventure and ghost story, beautifully illustrated and written with an outright humour aimed at children and a sly, literary wit aimed at parents reading aloud. Source: Daily Mail Published On: 2013-09-30
Fans of Chris Riddell's Ottoline books will love this quirky story. With its purple-edged pages and silver-foiled endpapers, this beautifully-designed book is a real treasure. Source: Booktrust Published On: 2013-09-30
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is a warm, witty and beautifully illustrated and presented book which delivers an original, entertaining and heart-warm tale of courage, friendship and loyalty as well as a teeny, weeny surprise tucked into the back cover. Source: Lancashire Evening Post Published On: 2013-10-07
Beautifully produced book Source: The Independent Published On: 2013-10-29
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Well, this is one of the most carefully and sharply written and most elegantly illustrated books I've looked at for younger readers. It's a mystery, an adventure, a ghost story, and a little-girl-lost-story, but it's loaded with puckish good humor and cheerfully dark wit. This is a quirky delight and a testament to what you can produce when you write for younger readers but respect their sensibilities and their abilities. The charm and the sophistication of the book is tailored to younger readers' emerging sensibilities and it rewards them and entertains them without at all patronizing them.
And, the book works for a variety of readers at different reading levels, because the jokes, asides and subtle bits all complement each other and a reader can get a few them, or some, or all, and still enjoy the story immensely. For younger readers the story is at least silly fun; for the oldest readers it is loaded with sly inside jokes about Gothic literature. For everyone it's fantastic and quirky and rollicking, often all at the same time.
So, there really isn't much of a downside to taking a flyer here. At a minimum the book is entertaining and engaging. At best, it could become a favorite. At the absolute very worst it will amuse Mom and Dad and be judged "O.K." by the kid reader. All of those are attractive options to me, and I'm happy to add such a rewarding change of pace to the family shelf.
The full title for this book is `Goth Girl And The Ghost Of A Mouse', but to be honest, I don't really know why the mouse part has been included as it's very misleading; it would in my opinion have been much better to have been simply called `Goth Girl' as this is really who the story is about - the mouse hardly features at all, and for a good portion of the book is not even mentioned... It's a shame, as the mouse (apart from the girl) is the very first character to appear in the story which leads one to believe that he's quite important to the story - but the plot has little if anything at all to do with this poor little creature, which is a real shame... There is a `mini' book tucked inside the back cover about this pretty pointless character which is rather a sweet and novel idea - but this is a bit of an odd thing to do, and if anything really should be read before the main book to give the reader some background on the mouse character, but as said earlier, to no real purpose since he has such a little place in the main story.
This is a crazy - zany kind of a book that is really fun to read, and as it progresses, it becomes crazier and zanier still, until the last few chapters and the end of the story when it almost becomes nonsensical as it reaches its crescendo!
As some have already said; much of the writing, jokes and play on words would be lost on most children as they would be simply too young to `get it' or understand them, and so this is rather an odd book all round... Not quite sure what age group it is really aimed at - still a great and fun read though, but am undecided myself yet as to whether I shall be purchasing the follow up.
NOTE: Drawings and illustrations are quite fabulous!
I loved the books presentation - embossed cover/illustrations. have read it myself - imaginative story.