The Chocolate Factory Ghost

Written by David O'Connell

Illustrated by Claire Powell

Part of the The Dundoodle Mysteries Series

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LoveReading View on The Chocolate Factory Ghost

In a nutshell: rags to riches ghostly mystery story  

Roald Dahl would surely approve of this exciting story, which rivals Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the importance it places on delicious sweets! Archie is astonished to learn that he’s heir to Archibald McBudge of Honeystone Hall, owner of McBudge’s Fudge and Confectionary Company. Archie loves the hall, which seems to be home to all sorts of strange creatures, and he loves the fudge factory too.  There’s just one problem: no-one knows the secret ingredient that makes McBudge Fudge so delicious, and without it the factory will close. Can Archie solve the clues left by his uncle, and can he avoid his revolting relatives the Puddingham-Pyes too? With nods to Harry Potter too, it’s a tasty mix of fantasy, adventure, comedy and detection which will definitely have readers coming back for more.  ~ Andrea Reece

The Chocolate Factory Ghost Synopsis

Archie McBudge knows his lucky underpants must really work because when he and his mum are summoned to Honeystone Hall in the remote Scottish village of Dundoodle, they find Archie has inherited not only the enormous hall, but the whole of the world-famous McBudge Confectionery Company from Great-Uncle Archibald. That's a new home, a fortune and a lifetime's supply of treats rolled into one! But all is not well in Dundoodle, and when Archie reads the mysterious letter his great-uncle left him he finds himself on a quest to save his family's company from ruin. With the help of his new friends Fliss and Billy, Archie has to try to figure out the puzzles of Honeystone before his sweet future melts away like an ice lolly in the sun!

The Chocolate Factory Ghost Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Diya Budhdeo, age 8 - 'A fantastic read, adventurous and creepy... the book keeps the reader on their toes because of the way the story jumps to many adventures. To me this was book was fantastic.'
  • Rob, age 8 - 'There are dragons in the book. This is the best part. I didn’t expect magic and dragons in it. It is a good mystery book. I would recommend it.'
  • Lucy Collings, age 7 - 'A mystery story full of adventure... The Chocolate Factory Ghost is a good book because it is funny and exciting.'
  • Lucas Blake, age 7 - 'This is the best treasure hunt ever!! If you like mysteries and adventure, you won’t be able to put this book down - I couldn’t!...This book is amazing!!!
  • Gianna Smith, age 8 - 'This book is one of the best books I have read. The quest is almost believable with an interesting twist.  I hope there are lots more in the Dundoodle Mystery series.'
  • James McNichol, age 8 - 'I thought this book was brilliant.  It is full of ghosts, secret quests, dragons, gnomes, dogs and new friends.'
  • Ollie Hopwood and Toby Hopwood, age 8 and 6 - 'This is a fun, fast-paced adventure as Archie McBudge and his new friends must race to use clues to find a great treasure before sinister forces get there first.'
  • Prisha Yadav, age 8 - 'Children who love suspense would like this book very much.'
  • Jamila Hassan, age 9 - 'I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy mysteries and sweets! Especially chocolate!'
  • Harriet Hodges, age 9 – Redmaids Primary School - 'An exciting adventure!'
  • Aled Davies, age 10 - 'The end of every chapter always left me wanting to read more. This book will be enjoyed by both boys and girls as its weird characters, magic, sweets and fantastic creatures are things everybody loves'
  • Annabelle Cassidy, age 9 - 'Funny, puzzling, adventurous book about chocolate, fudge and dragons. What more could anyone want to read about.'

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781408887066
Publication date: 05/04/2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781408887066
Publication date: 5th April 2018
Author: David O'Connell
Illustrator: Claire Powell
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 208 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: If They Like...They'll Love, Reviewed by Children

About David O'Connell

David O'Connell is a writer and illustrator living in London, UK. His favourite things to draw are monsters, naughty children (another type of monster), batty old ladies and evil cats! He loves comics too, and has had work published in anthologies such as Birdsong, Solipsistic Pop, Paper Science and Accent UK. David is also the editor of ink+PAPER, a biannual anthology combining comics and the graphic arts.

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