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on 4 November 2016
It find it a good book because it is about a girl called Ada who is very adventurous just like me! This book teaches you to not be scared of little animals and to be adventurous anywhere you go.
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on 22 August 2016
A joy of a book, which deserves to become a classic. My 9YO daughter is dressing up as Ada for the World Book Day Parade this week - long floaty purple dress, big hair with a tiara and a feather, and a stuffed white mouse to take along as a ghost. She refuses to wear the big clumpy boots, however.....
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No matter what your age, there is a lot to delight readers with GOTH GIRL AND THE GHOST OF A MOUSE. Firstly, what attracted me was the design of the book; the pages are edged with a bright purple and the endpapers are decorated with silver skulls. With purple and silver on the cover, this is a book which certainly manages to grab your attention in the bookstore. And, once you start reading it, you'll be pleased to find that it manages to hold your attention as a reader.
The story follows Ada Goth; a young girl who lives with her father, Lord Goth. As an only child, she can find living in Gormly Ghast Hall lonely sometimes, so when she is visited by the ghost of a mouse, she is happy to have someone she can talk to. As she begins to explore the house where she lives, she begins to think that there is something going on there that is not all it seems to be.

This short story is one of the strangest I have read for a while; the characters and goings-on are fantastically imagined. Illustrated throughout by Riddell himself, you are able to see his great ideas just as he imagined them. For young readers there is plenty to keep them entertained. For slightly older readers there are many funny references to the golden age of Gothic literature.

A brilliant book. I hope Goth Girl has more adventures.
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Early on, when I hit that line describing Lord Goth, I knew I had a book that I was going to enjoy. The bigger question, though, was whether a younger reader who wouldn't get that joke would enjoy the book.

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.
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on 9 November 2013
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is one of the best children's books I've read this year. Possibly *the* best. Aside from its truly beautiful presentation, it's a fantastic gothic story with unusual characters, clever writing and amazing illustrations. The whole package really is a work of art.

Ada Goth lives in Ghastly-Gorm Hall with her strange father, Lord Goth, numerous ghosts and an array of servants. One night the ghost of a mouse called Ishmael shows up, explaining that he'd been killed in a mouse trap and was no destined to roam Ghastly-Gorm Hall forever. What he doesn't know is that there's trouble afoot, and he and Ada are the only ones who can solve the mystery.

I absolutely loved Ishmael, especially his own little book included as an extra at the back of Goth Girl. It's the story of his travels, titled Memoirs of a Mouse, and tells the story of how he found his way to Ghastly-Gorm Hall. I wish he'd been featured in the main book more; he's definitely my favourite! Ada is great too, inquisitive and brave and not at all afraid of the many ghosties haunting her house. Also, she has terrible luck with governesses!

This book is so well illustrated that nothing and no-one is left to the imagination. I particularly enjoyed being able to see Ishmael, Ada and the other creatures in the story, and it certainly helps when trying to visualise the gothic, dark surroundings. I'm a big fan of illustrated books, mainly because that extra element adds a certain magic not found in normal, text-only novels. It's also a treat to see an author's own illustrations, which in this case are as much a part of the story as the words.

I don't know whether Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is the start of a series or a standalone novel, but I hope it's the former. I would love to return to Ghastly-Gorm Hall and see what Ada's up to and whether her new governess, Lucy Borgia, is still there and struggling with an aversion to garlic. This book is perfect for anyone who has read and enjoyed Marcus Sedgwick's The Raven Mysteries, or anyone who just likes a brilliant story. Well done, Chris Riddell!
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on 7 April 2017
this book was amazing i loved every bit of it and it was beautiful too!
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VINE VOICEon 13 October 2014
This is one of the most BEAUTIFUL books I've ever come across, with dazzling metallic and rich purple edged pages, with a lovely designed hardback cover!

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!
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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.
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on 31 December 2015
Goth Girl and the ghost of a Mouse hooks you in by not only the amazing, gripping writing but the beautiful illustrations and book cover. Chris Riddell is a genius to illustrate these detailed drawings and write such hooking adventures between Ada Goth, a wonderful character, and a few other friends along the way. These books are great for children and their parents, and are sure to love as much as me! From Eleanor, 10 years
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on 3 January 2014
A fantastic book with beautiful illustration, well written & a Christmas gift my niece loves - age range 11 to 16..

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