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Zippel The Little Keyhole Ghost

Written by Alex Ruhle

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 7+ readers Horror / Ghost Stories Humorous School Stories Star Books

LoveReading View on Zippel The Little Keyhole Ghost

A cheeky little ghost stars in a quirky, charming adventure

Paul’s life changes in totally unexpected ways when he discovers a little ghost living in the keyhole of his front door. The two quickly become friends and no wonder, Zippel the ghost is irresistible – funny, mischievous and thoroughly well-meaning, if totally baffled by modern life (he’s particularly fascinated by the flush on the toilet). Together they have some excellent adventures, Zippel getting up to all sorts of tricks in an old castle and taking ingenious revenge on a couple of bullies who’ve been tormenting Paul. Full colour illustrations by Axel Scheffler perfectly capture the droll humour of the stories and this is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read this year. Buy a copy and don’t be surprised if you find readers checking out keyholes in the hope of finding their own Zippel.

Andrea Reece

Zippel The Little Keyhole Ghost Synopsis

Paul returns home from school one day to discover a tiny ghost is living in the keyhole of his front door. He names him Zippel, and the little ghost is curious about everything, from food and clothes to how the toilet flushes! But Paul's parents want to change the locks - can Paul find Zippel a new home in time?

Filled with colourful pictures from best-loved illustrator Axel Scheffler, Zippel is a charming story about finding friends in the most unexpected of places.

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Zippel The Little Keyhole Ghost Reader Reviews

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

Really funny and a great book to read! Full review

Aidan Jones (Age 7)

This is a really fun story about a boy and a ghost being friends and sticking together. I loved reading it and really hope there will be a second book to carry on the story. Full review

Logan Upchurch (Age 8)

Brilliant book with interesting storyline Full review

Prisha Yadav (Age 9)

A charming and funny story. A ghost story, but not as you know it. Full review

Charlotte Walker (Age )

Zippel The Little Keyhole Ghost Press Reviews

Alex Ruhle has created a warm-hearted, smart children's book which easily lends itself to reading aloud or on one's own. There is a lot of wordplay (not least because Zippel likes to rhyme) and impish slapstick. The brightly coloured comicbook style of Gruffalo-artist Axel Scheffler is a perfect match to the text. A story about family and everyday problems, friendship, courage and a very special little ghost -- Anja Witzke - Donaukurier

This fascinating story contains a lot of wit and has been skillfully illustrated. It is also well suited for reading aloud to children age 6 and up - Zuricher Oberlander

The book contains many colourful pictures by Axel Scheffler (The Gruffalo). First and foremost, though, Alex Ruhle's children's book debut impresses with its informal child-friendly narrative style and lots of hilarious ideas. A gem which leaves you wishing for more - Hamburger Morgenpost

This heart-warming and funny story about friendship, courage and mysterious neighbours has been written in such a fascinating way that all children between 5 and 9 will get their money's worth. And the great illustrator of The Gruffalo, Axel Scheffler, illustrates all of this lovingly and inventively, so that his illustrations alone make you want to flip through the pages. But by that time you are already hooked - Suddeutsche Zeitung

Entertaining reading adventure, superbly illustrated by Axel Scheffler - Westfalische Nachrichten

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ISBN: 9781783449057
Publication date: 03/10/2019
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783449057
Publication date: 3rd October 2019
Author: Alex Ruhle
Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 176 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Horror / Ghost Stories, Humorous, School Stories
Recommendations: Star Books

About Alex Ruhle

Alex Ruhle (Author) Alex Ruhle was born in 1969, and went on to study Comparative Literature, French, Theology and Philosophy in Munich, Paris and Berlin. He is a renowned journalist and works as a culture editor for Suddeutsche Zeitung. He lives in Munich with his family. Axel Scheffler (Illustrator) Axel Scheffler is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed illustrator of some of the most well-loved children's books, including The Gruffalo. His books have been published in many languages and his work has been exhibited all around the world.

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