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Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse
Chris Riddell who has just been crowned as the new children’s laureate is one of that rare breed of children’s authors who is equally talented as both writer and illustrator. It is 1799 and heroine Ada Goth faces mysterious goings on in the most enormous, rambling, creepy ancestral mansion you could possibly imagine. There she lives with her reclusive, aristocratic father, Lord Goth, a vampire governess, assorted servants and a few ghosts. The story is packed with oddball characters, literary references and puns galore. Lord Goth is ‘mad bad and dangerous to gnomes’ and, with a budding career as a poet frustrated, he prepares to hold his annual party. Visitors include lady novelist, Mary Shellfish, the poets Molebridge and O’Quincy who argue over who really did wander lonely as a cloud and Charles Cabbage the great inventor. This is a witty and wacky gothic spoof that will delight and entertain both children and their parents.
PanMacMillan paperback, £6.99