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The Chocolate Factory Ghost (The Dundoodle Mysteries) Paperback – 5 Apr 2018
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A thoroughly satisfying and entertaining story, a mix of adventure, comedy and magic ... Delicious! * Books for Keeps *
Fans of How to Train Your Dragon and Tilly and the Time Machine will be hungry for this delicious mystery full of weird clues, strange creatures, malevolent relatives and lots and lots of SWEETS!See all Product description
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David O'Connell has a wonderful way with words. His choice of names, in particular, made me smile: the nearby town of Invertinkle, Billy MacCrabbie who insists on being called Billy 'Macabre' because it sounds more enigmatic, the Beast of Glen Bogie, and a fudge estate butler named Tablet. When the young trio find one of the clues, Billy surmises that 'it could be the mystical hammer of Throb, the god of headaches and family holidays... Legend has it that he lives on the top of Ben Doodle, along with Frij, the goddess of damp clothes, midges and leaky tents'. I love the atmosphere he sets in the old house; it takes me back to cosy times curled up with 'The Secret Garden' by Frances Hodgson Burnett, reading about Mary Lennox trying the various doors at Misselthwaite Manor.
Claire Powell infuses the story with beautiful patterns of dusty old books, Victorian tiles, gargoyles, bumpy cobblestones, wobbly bricks, uneven ironwork and mystifying machinery. Turning to each page with one of her full illustrations is like discovering treasure. Reluctant readers will find themselves propelled from picture to picture, and fans of illustration will want to keep an eye on this exciting talent. This is a great first Dundoodle book, and I can't wait to see what David and Claire get up to in their second story in this misty, magical Scottish landscape.
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