This week my children's book reviews include the grand finale of Goth Girl, a little ghost desperate for attention, a young witch's further adventures and two friends who must save their gargoyle-infested school!
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy!
HALLOWEEN BOOK OF WEEK
GOTH GIRL AND THE SINISTER SYMPHONY BY CHRIS RIDDELL
The fangtastic finale of the Goth Girl series is a real treat. Lord Goth is holding a music festival but who will be the 'headline' act? This satirical tale is liberally sprinkled with contemporary references that will appeal to both adults and children. It is full of witty puns and a play on words, such as Tailor Extremely-Swift, which are woven in between Riddell's masterly illustrations. Monstrously good for Halloween that is perfect to share and read aloud.
ISBN 9781447277965 PB Macmillan £6.99
PICTURE BOOK 4+
Roderic is the smallest ghost in his family and is continually ignored. He doesn't want to wear a white sheet like all the rest so how can he stand out? The vibrant, bold illustrations capture the endearing little ghost as he tries on different hats, scarves and various patterned sheets to make himself look different. Children will relate to being the smallest in a family. A friendly, funny ghost story for Halloween.
ISBN 9781787412705 PB Templar £6.99
Elsie is excited to return to Magenta Sharp's magical tower for her second adventure. The witch needs her help to save her magic license and to deal with a grumpy genie. This adventure is a cauldron of excitement, bubbling with wit, wishes and witchcraft. The endearing illustrations cast a spell with their characterful detail and will leave children bewitched. I especially loved Nuisance the loyal stray dog and Corbett, the irascible raven. A charming Halloween tale.
ISBN 9781471160936 PB Simon & Schuster £6.99
Mildew and Sponge must save their gargoyle-infested school from closure. If they can find the buried treasure, avoid a pirate pretending to be a teacher and deal with the mysterious new boy they might save the school. This caustically funny, deliciously creepy quest will make kids cackle with laughter. The scratchy illustrations creeping through the text add to the enormous fun making it perfect for Halloween. The Munsters meet Roald Dahl.
ISBN 9781408873106 PB Bloomsbury £6.99