Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright by Chris Riddell
  

Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright

Written by Chris Riddell
Part of the Goth Girl Series

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One of our Books of the Year 2015 - October 2015 Book of the Month Opening Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright is like opening a treasure box. With its gorgeous metallic edges and golden detail it certainly looks like one, and inside are riches! Chris Riddell seems to surpass himself with each new Goth Girl story, nearly every page features one or more illustrations, each one a small masterpiece of character and drama. As well as the visual invention and wit, there are literary jokes galore. While some of these may go over the heads of young readers, though they‘re likely to colour future readings of classic books, it doesn’t matter because there is so much in the plot to entertain. A host of authors and dogs arrive at Ghastly-Gorm Hall for Lord Goth’s Literary Dog Show, could one of these canine competitors be causing trouble? Ada and her friends investigate. A treat for readers of all ages, and don’t miss the cameo appearance by the author himself, aka Sir Christopher Riddle-of-the Sphinx RA, well-known illustrator of literary dog shows and founder of the Arts and Crufts movement. Sublime! ~ Andrea Reece

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Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright by Chris Riddell

People are flocking to Ghastly-Gorm Hall from far and wide to compete in Lord Goth's Literary Dog Show. The esteemed judges are in place and the contestants are all ready to win. Sir Walter Splott is preparing his Lanarkshire Lurcher, Plain Austen is preening her Hampshire Hound and Homily Dickinson and her Yankee Poodle are raring to go. But there's something strange going on at Ghastly-Gorm - mysterious footprints, howls in the night and some suspiciously chewed shoes. Can Ada, the Attic Club and their new friends the Vicarage sisters (Charlotte, Emily and Anne) work out what's going on before the next full moon?

Reviews

Praise for Goth Girl and the Fete Worse than Death....

It's no surprise to see a sequel to the wonderful Goth Girl, a Christmas hardback bestseller and the Costa Children's Book of the Year. Expect more deliciously dark adventure and beautiful production values. -- Children's Special 2014-2015 The Bookseller

A welcome return to the Ghastly Gorm Hall and the irresitable Ada Goth. The Bookseller

Praise for Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse....

‘I can't imagine a better book to dispel the January blues’ Guardian

“Pun-lovers will relish Chris Riddell’s beautifully drawn spoof of classic novels” Sunday Times

‘…a cracking combination of rollicking mystery adventure and ghost story, beautifully illustrated and written with an outright humour aimed at children and a sly, literary wit aimed at parents reading aloud’ Daily Mail

‘Quirky, clever and (as ever) marvellously detailed to the eye, Goth Girl is a beautiful object, and full of good jokes – a combination that’s hard to beat’ Independent on Sunday

‘A rollicking read and beautifully illustrated’ Evening Standard

“delicious” Literary Review

“warm, witty and beautifully illustrated” Lancashire Evening Post

“an absolute delight” Brighton Argus

“…the most covetable book of the year...This book is a triumph from an author and illustrator at the height of his powers…” Joy Court, ReadingZone

About the Author

Chris Riddell

Children's Laureate 2015-2017

One of the World Book Day 2015 Authors Chris Riddell was our Author and Illustrator of the Month in December 2010. Click here to find out more.

Chris Riddell is a prolific writer and illustrator whose work is familiar to both children and adults. He is known especially for his distinctive line drawings with their clever caricature, fascinating detail and often enchanting fantasy elements. He has won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal twice, in 2002 for Pirate Diary and in 2004 for Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver. His solo work includes the Goth Girl series, the Ottoline series and the picture books The Emperor of Absurdia and Alienography. The first Goth Girl novel won the Costa Children’s Book Award in 2013. He received the Hay Festival Medal for Illustration at the 2015 Hay Festival.

He has worked widely with a variety of collaborators: Paul Stewart on the Muddle Earth, Edge Chronicles and Wyrmweald series; Neil Gaiman on The Graveyard Book, The Sleeper and the Spindle, and Fortunately the Milk, and Russell Brand on Trickster Tales: The Pied Piper of Hamelin. He has also illustrated A Great Big Cuddle: Poems for the Very Young by former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, published in September.

In addition to his children’s books, Chris is a renowned political cartoonist whose work appears in The Observer, The Literary Review and The New Statesman. He lives in Brighton with his wife and has three grown-up children.

Chris Riddell on John Tenniel : "Before I knew a thing about him, John Tenniel was a hero of mine, or rather, I should say, his white rabbit was. As a child I copied Tenniel’s illustrations from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland obsessively, particularly his drawing of the White Rabbit in waistcoat and frock coat, umbrella tucked under one arm and a pocket watch in paw, a look of suppressed panic in his eye. I loved analysing the shading, intricate lines of cross-hatching, the folds of the sleeve, the tilt of the head, that wide-eyed rabbit stare. Tenniel was one of the reasons I became an illustrator."

Photo credit Jo Riddell.

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Format

Hardback
224 pages
Interest Age: From 7

Author

Chris Riddell
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Author's Website

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Publisher

Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

24th September 2015

ISBN

9781447277897

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