Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony by Chris Riddell

Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony

Written by Chris Riddell
Illustrated by Chris Riddell
Part of the Goth Girl Series

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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2017

Best-selling Goth Girl is back for an action-packed new adventure in this stunningly produced volume by former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell which has the additional delight of a mini-book, Fable of a Faun, tucked into it. Lord Goth is turning Ghastly-Gorm Hall into the venue for Gothstock, a sensational music festival that will match his home. Naturally, Ada Goth is thrilled at the thought but will it all go to plan? In both words and pictures Chris Riddell creates an amazing cast of characters and the most original escapades in which they are all entangled. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for September 2017

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The Grotlyn by Benji Davies

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Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of The Wizard of Oz by Michael Morpurgo

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Birthday Boy by David Baddiel


Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony by Chris Riddell

Lord Goth is throwing a music festival at Ghastly-Gorm Hall, with performances from the finest composers in the land. Ada can't wait, but it's quite distracting when her grandmother is trying to find her father a fashionable new wife, there's a faun living in her wardrobe and Maltravers is up to his old tricks. Ada must make sure everything goes to plan, and luckily help is at hand from a very interesting house guest ...


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 an accomplished artist and the political cartoonist for the Observer. He has enjoyed great acclaim for his books for children. His books have won a number of major prizes, including the 2001, 2004 and 2016 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals. Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse won the Costa Children's Book Award 2013. His previous work for Macmillan includes the bestselling Ottoline books, The Emperor of Absurdia, and, with Paul Stewart, the Muddle Earth and Scavenger series. Chris lives in Brighton with his family. Read more about Chris Riddell here.

Author photo © Tom Pilston Booktrust

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."

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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

7th September 2017




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