17 September, 2018

Review: Goth Girl And The Sinister Symphony

Caitlin has read all the Goth Girl books and loved them and this latest, Goth Girl And The Sinister Symphony is the final book in this Costa award-winning series written by Chris Riddell. Riddell was Children’s Laureate from 2015 – 2017 and his love of language shines through. And, as you can guess, music features heavily!

Goth Girl and The Sinister Symphony book cover

It’s summer and Lord Goth (England’s foremost cycling poet) is holding a music festival at Ghastly-Gorm Hall.  He’ s searching for his headlining act at ‘Gothstock’ but who should it be?

Ada has enough on her plate with her grandmother trying to find her father a fashionable new wife, a faun in her wardrobe and Maltravers up to his old tricks. It’s up to her to make sure everything goes to plan, and luckily she has some help from a very interesting house guest.

Caitlin, my very own Goth Girl

As usual, Chris Riddell’s humour appeals as much to older readers as it does to youngsters.  The target age group of the series is 9-11 which is spot on for Caitlin but I enjoyed it too.  The plot is fast paced and there really is no chance to get bored – always a challenge with younger readers. You’ll also find lots of observations on society and amusing wordplay throughout which will appeal to mums and dads.

The book is full of Riddell’s signature black and white illustrations and pun-filled characters for the whole family to enjoy together, Sir Sydney Harbour-Bridge being one of my favourites.

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Goth Girl And The Sinister Symphony is published by Macmillan Children’s Books on 20th September.  Paperback RRP:  £6.99.  You can connect with Chris Riddell on Twitter as @chrisriddell50 and on Instagram as chris_riddell.

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41 responses to “Review: Goth Girl And The Sinister Symphony”

  1. Natalie Crossan says:

    Wednesday Addams

  2. Tee Simpson says:

    Mavis from hotel Transylvania..blah blah blah?

  3. laura stewart says:

    Wednesday Addams

  4. Denise walton says:


  5. Marceline from Adventure time

  6. Hayley Todd says:

    My daughter adores this series of novels, so this would be such an amazing win for her! In the Goth Girl series, we loved the Vicarage Sisters! They were absolutely fabulous! Not within the confines of the Goth Girl series, my favourite fictional Goth Girl of all time has to be Ellie from Degrassi or Lydia from Beetlejuice

  7. Tammy Neal says:

    Wednesday Addams

  8. Charlotte Wilde says:

    i love the vicarage sisters!

  9. Rachael Sexey says:


  10. paula cheadle says:

    Elvira mistress of the dark

  11. Theresa Thomas says:

    Amy Lee of Evanescence

  12. Adrian Bold says:

    Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

  13. Rachel Craig says:

    No favourite, as I have not read any of the books as yet.

  14. Laura Pyper says:

    Wednesday Addams

  15. Sam Parkes says:

    David from hotel transylvania

  16. Troy Easton says:

    Wednesday Addams

  17. Rebecca Whatmore says:

    Wednesday Addams

  18. Jo m welsh says:

    Wednesday Addams

  19. Sam Cornford says:

    Mavis, from Hotel Transylvania

  20. carol boffey says:

    Elvira mistress of the dark

  21. Laura Pritchard says:

    My son loves Maltravers

  22. Samantha Atherton says:

    Raven from the teen titans

  23. Sheri Darby says:

    Wednesday Addams

  24. jo liddement says:

    Lydia from Beetlejuice

  25. Lee Hardy says:

    Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

  26. Angela Kelly says:

    It would have to be Wednesday Addams.

  27. maria says:

    definitely has to be the girls from the craft my ultimate fave!

  28. Amy Bondoc says:

    Wednesday Addams

  29. Ruth Harwood says:

    Love Wednesday Adams, the original Goth from the original goth family!!

  30. Susie Wilkinson says:


  31. Lorna Ledger says:

    Got to be Wednesday Adams, I also like that Cartoon Strip in the Metro, but can’t remember her name 🙁

  32. Margaret Clarkson says:

    Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

  33. Sarah Mackay says:


  34. Margaret Gallagher says:

    Wednesday from the Adams family

  35. Geri Gregg says:

    Wednesday Addams!

  36. donna skelton says:

    Abby from ncis (pauley perrette

  37. Annabel Greaves says:

    Wednesday Addams

  38. clair downham says:

    Wednesday Addams

  39. MARK HOPKINS says:

    Wednesday Addams

  40. Solange says:

    Allison Reynolds from The Breakfast Club.

  41. Tracy Nixon says:

    Wednesday Addams!