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!
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.
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.
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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