1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic in every sense. A great Gothic adventure,
This review is from: Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse (Hardcover)
I absolutely loved this book. The production quality is really high, much like the previous Ottoline series by Riddell. The end papers on their own are an absolute pleasure, as is the squat, chunky format of the book, and the additional miniature book that comes with it.
The story is fantastic. Ada Goth lives with her father Lord Goth in Ghastly Gorm Hall. Her mother, a daring tightrope walker has died, and Lord Goth struggles to bring Ada up, reminding her as she does, of his late wife.
Ada lives in a fantastical seclusion in the crazy mansion with an array of weird and wonderful servants and creatures. Discovering the ghost of a mouse, called Ishmael, she sets off with him to find out how he died, and begins to unravel a marvellously silly adventure that will keep you gripped.
For a child this is a great, pacey story with Riddell's glorious illustrations to bring it to life. For an adult there are all sorts of in jokes, particularly if you are a fan of the gothic horror convention, or know anything about 18th century literary figures. You don't need to know anything about them to enjoy the book, but if you do, it will increase your enjoyment tenfold.
I was very, very sad when Riddell stopped writing the Ottoline series. This just about makes up for it. I hope there will be more.