Zippel The Little Keyhole Ghost

Zippel The Little Keyhole Ghost

7+ Readers Halloween Scary Stories
Author: Alex Ruhle
ISBN: 9781783449057
Publication date: 3rd October 2019
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 176 pages

About Zippel The Little Keyhole Ghost

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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Aidan Jones - Age 7

This is a book about a boy called Paul, who finds a little ghost in a keyhole. Paul has to try and find a new home for Zippel the ghost.
It was very, very funny and I just couldn't stop reading and laughing! I loved it when poor Zippel had to sleep in one of Paul's Dad's socks! The ending was brilliant and made me feel really happy and excited.
I think any children who like funny books would like this book. Don't worry the ghost isn't scary! 5/5!

Logan Upchurch - Age 8

Zippel: The Little Keyhole Ghost is a story about a boy called Paul, who lives with his mum and dad, and is bullied at school. One day he sticks his key into his door, but he hears an “Ow!” and he finds a little ghost. They soon become friends, but where will Zippel live when Mum and Dad change the broken lock? And who is the strange old lady in the corridor, Mrs Wilhelm?

I think that this story is really funny, and I love Zippel. He’s friendly and kind but also mischievous. My favourite part is when Zippel went to school and did the voice acting to get revenge on the bullies, Tom and Tim. I also liked it when Paul met the mysterious Mrs Wilhelm, who made a big difference to everything.

I was really sad to finish this book and would love the story to continue in a second book!

Prisha Yadav - Age 9

This is a brilliant book beacuse it has interesting storyline. I liked this book as it is fiction and had lovely illustrations. My favourite character is Zippel as he is quote funny. I hope you read and find it interesting.

Gene Macaulay - Age 8

Paul comes home everyday and once he happened to go upstairs poke a key in the keyhole and heard a voice going 'OW'.

It turned out to be a Ghost living in there. His name was Zippel.

The book is very funny as I wanted to burst out laughing. My Mum caught me laughing to myself a couple of times. I loved the bit where Zippel doesn't have a bed of his own so he sleeps in Paul's Dad's sock.

I also enjoyed the part where they broke into an old lady's house as she had lots of keyholes and they thought they could find Zippel a new home but got told off and went back home. I won't say any more to spoil it.

The pictures from Axel Scheffler are brilliant.

Charlotte Walker

Zippel the ghost makes a very big impact on Paul's life in this charming tale. Returning home from school one day Paul unknowingly sticks his apartment key into the home of Zippel the Keyhole-ghost's home! Paul is astounded to find out that there is a ghost living in the keyhole of his front door, but the two quickly become friends.

But disaster is on the horizon, the lock is old and sticking (with Zippel to thank for that) so the lock is getting changed, and Paul must find Zippel a new place to live. 

Zippel is curious about everything and his little songs interspersed throughout the story are very sweet. Every time Paul comes home from school you're excited to see what Zippel has been getting up to. 

The colour illustrations throughout are lovely and very funny. Perfect for younger children to use to follow the story. A heartwarming story of unlikely friendships that is sure to be a hit.

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