Goth Girl – Kaycee And Ella’s Book Club & Book Review #19

Goth Girl


Kaycee and Ella haven’t had a book club this month yet. They’ve both been busy with school projects and family outings.
We’re hoping to organise it in the next week or so. At least everyone has had plenty of time to read their books!

Looking ahead to book club next month, they received Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse to review. It’s written and illustrated by children’s laureate, Chris Riddell. Kaycee started reading it first and she’s going to pass it on to Ella when she’s done.

Goth Girl and the ghost of a mouse

We’re passing it around to each member of the book club and Kaycee’s going to get them all to dress like Goth Girl when they meet to discuss the book.
I can’t wait to see them all dressed up and to share the photos with you!

Cover Design

I have to say I love the design of the cover. I was a wannabe goth when I was a teenager, I just never had the courage to be different to everyone else!
The book is aimed at readers aged 7 – 11 but speaking as a 40-year-old reader, it’s got something for everyone.

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is the first book in the Goth Girl series. The illustrations make the book for me. They actually made me long for the days when all the books I read had pictures!

Ada Goth

The book centres on Ada Goth.

Ada Goth from Goth Girl

She’s the only child of Lord Goth of Ghastly-Gorm Hall.

Lord Goth from Goth Girl

Her mother died when she was little. She looks just likes her mother and her father can’t face seeing her too often because it makes him sad.

He makes her wear big clumpy boots so that when he hears her coming, he can go into his study to avoid her.

It all sounds quite sad when it’s put like that but Ada understands why her father acts the way he does. They do spend time with each other once a week when Ada takes tea with him.


At the start of the book, we’re introduced to the little ghost mouse whose name is Ishmael.

Ishmael mouse from Goth Girl

I have to say, though, it’s another sad part when Ishmael’s telling Ada how he followed a delicious smell to a part of the house he wasn’t familiar with when…. SNAP! He was white and see-through and hovering in the air.

Plenty Of Humour

It’s not a sad book, though, it’s really not, no matter what impression I’ve just given you from my review! It’s funny and entertaining and just a really good read. I laughed out loud when we saw Ada’s previous governesses. Hebe Poppins, who kept bursting into song was my particular favourite!
When she found that Ada wasn’t unhappy or shy, she ran away with Van Dyke, the chimney sweep!

Ada is sometimes lonely so she’s very happy when she meets William and Emily. They’re the children of an inventor whom Ada’s father invited to stay at the hall and then forgot about.
William and Emily are members of the Attic Club and Ada asks them if she can join. Other members include the young maids who aren’t normally allowed to talk to Ada.
When one maid asks if she’ll get into trouble for talking to Ada, Emily tells her, ‘what happens in the Attic Club, stays in the Attic Club’!

I love the little nods to other literary works, historical figures and movies, like Fight Club, Peter Pan, Frankenstein and Mary Shellfish, the novelist! It’s these that makes the book enjoyable to older readers.

I can’t wait for Ella to read this book, she’s going to love it. I know the rest of the Goth Girl books will be on the birthday wishlists on Amazon very soon 🙂

Amazon Blurb

Here’s the blurb from Amazon where it’s now available to buy in paperback.

Chris Riddell’s Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is the beautifully illustrated winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award.

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, the three children 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!



  1. Acorn Books 17th May 2017 at 12:55 pm

    I think I would have loved this book when I was younger, it sounds great! Love the girls idea of having everyone dress as goths for book club 🙂 #readwithme

  2. Sarah MumofThree World 17th May 2017 at 11:56 am

    I love the look and sound of this book. It’s great to have a mixture of humour and emotion. I hope the book club members all enjoy it!
    As my daughter is 11, I think she would feel she is a bit old for it, unfortunately.

  3. Catherine @ Story Snug 17th May 2017 at 10:43 am

    This sounds like a great book. I always thought Goth Girl was for older readers but it would be perfect for my daughter!


  4. Kate Eccles 16th May 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Great review! Mine are a little young at the moment but I’ve been eyeing up the series for a while so one to put on our list. Love the illustrations too! #readwithme

  5. Chantelle Hazelden 15th May 2017 at 8:11 pm

    My eldest loves this series!! Thanks for sharing with #readwithme

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