Ada Goth is the only child of Lord Goth. The two live together in the enormous Ghastly-Gorm Hall. Lord Goth believes that children should be heard and not seen, so Ada has to wear large clumpy boots so that he can always hear her coming. This makes it hard for her to make friends and, if she’s honest, she’s rather lonely.
Then one day William and Emily Cabbage come to stay at the house, and together with a ghostly mouse called Ishmael they and Ada begin to unravel a dastardly plot that Maltravers, the mysterious indoor gamekeeper, is hatching. Ada and her friends must work together to foil Maltravers before it’s too late!
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is the first in the Goth Girl series by Chris Riddell. It is a disarmingly charming book about a girl called Ada who lives in a big gothic mansion with her father, the famous poet Lord Goth. Ada is a lonely young lady who is desperate for friendship and when she accidentally comes across Ishmael, a recently deceased mouse, her adventures in friendship start.
Whilst Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is targeted at a younger audience (and I am far from a younger audience) I have to say that this book was a delightful read. It was full of mystery and adventure and the graphics in the book were spectacular. The literary and historical references might be lost on a younger audience however, if the child is reading to a parent they may be able to help them along.
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is a lovely story and has recently been shortlisted for the Carnegie Award. Go on, give it a read.
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell is available now.