This feature won't be weekly, but I'll do it whenever I come across one of these books that makes me say "Wow!" to no-one in particular. All images can be enlarged if you click 'em, and don't read the text too carefully in case there's a sneaky spoiler in there.
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse
by Chris Riddell
by Chris Riddell
Published by: Macmillan Children's Books
Released: September 12th, 2013
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!
The cover is lovely and shiny with Ada standing out in her purple dress. So eye-catching in a bookshop, it stands out straight away!
Purple page edges! So cool!
Super shiny end papers that look suitably gothic thanks to the skulls and the pattern used.
Even the title page looks classy.
Black ribbon bookmark! An excellent thing to include for those of us who always lose paper bookmarks!
This is where you'll find Ishmael's story, Memoirs of a Mouse, as a little extra on the inside of the back cover...
...and here's what it looks like! It's tiny and cute, just like Ishmael. It's also actually a fun little read, written in verse. Love it.