Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse - Chris Riddell

Title: Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse
Author: Chris Riddell
Format: Hardcover

Meet Ada Goth. She lives in Ghastly-Gorm Hall with her father, Lord Goth, lots of servants and at least half a dozen ghosts, but she hasn't got any friends to explore her enormous, creepy house with.

Then, one night, everything changes when Ada meets a ghostly mouse called Ishmael. Together they set out to solve the mystery of the strange happenings at Ghastly-Gorm Hall, and get a lot more than they bargained for...

I picked this book up on a whim - and fell in love.  Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is a perfect and wonderful kids book that every middle grade reader should get there hands on stat. 

The book involves Ada Goth, the daughter of the current Lord Goth.  She meets a mouse one night who becomes her night time friend.  Now, admittedly, the mouse is not a huge part of the book, but his appearances are cute nonetheless.  Throughout the book, Ada meets several charming characters - like William, who is a human chameleon - and some not so charming characters, like Maltravers, Dr. Jensen, and even Ada's own dad. 

The general jist of the book is that Ada and her new friends discover that Maltrevers is planning another indoor hunt - using animals like the syren who is half chicken who believed that they were invited to the house as guests.  So, Ada and her friends try to stop the guests from being the hunted.

Also included in this book are a vampire governess, a train that delivers food to the supper table, something called the Attic Club, and a food fight between two grown men - Doctor Jensen and Martin Puzzlewit. 

I think the book is quite magical - even when Ada's dad is being weird.  Her dad believes that children should be heard and not seen, so he makes Ada wear shoes that make a lot of noise so he never has to see her. 

This is a book that every kid (and their grownups) will enjoy.  Five star read all the way.

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