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.

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 Comments

  1. Natalie Crossan
    7 October, 2018 / 11:04 pm

    Wednesday Addams

  2. Tee Simpson
    7 October, 2018 / 9:16 pm

    Mavis from hotel Transylvania..blah blah blah?

  3. laura stewart
    7 October, 2018 / 6:19 pm

    Wednesday Addams

  4. Denise walton
    7 October, 2018 / 6:08 pm

    Elvira

  5. Hayley Todd
    7 October, 2018 / 3:21 pm

    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

  6. Tammy Neal
    7 October, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    Wednesday Addams

  7. Charlotte Wilde
    7 October, 2018 / 1:42 pm

    i love the vicarage sisters!

  8. Rachael Sexey
    7 October, 2018 / 9:18 am

    Elvira!

  9. paula cheadle
    6 October, 2018 / 11:31 pm

    Elvira mistress of the dark

  10. Theresa Thomas
    6 October, 2018 / 10:35 pm

    Amy Lee of Evanescence

  11. Adrian Bold
    6 October, 2018 / 10:30 pm

    Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

  12. Rachel Craig
    6 October, 2018 / 10:27 pm

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

  13. Laura Pyper
    6 October, 2018 / 8:48 pm

    Wednesday Addams

  14. Sam Parkes
    6 October, 2018 / 8:16 pm

    David from hotel transylvania

  15. Troy Easton
    6 October, 2018 / 5:35 pm

    Wednesday Addams

  16. Rebecca Whatmore
    6 October, 2018 / 4:35 pm

    Wednesday Addams

  17. Jo m welsh
    6 October, 2018 / 4:11 pm

    Wednesday Addams

  18. Sam Cornford
    6 October, 2018 / 2:18 pm

    Mavis, from Hotel Transylvania

  19. carol boffey
    6 October, 2018 / 2:01 pm

    Elvira mistress of the dark

  20. Laura Pritchard
    6 October, 2018 / 10:59 am

    My son loves Maltravers

  21. Samantha Atherton
    5 October, 2018 / 8:15 pm

    Raven from the teen titans

  22. Sheri Darby
    5 October, 2018 / 6:51 pm

    Wednesday Addams

  23. jo liddement
    5 October, 2018 / 10:18 am

    Lydia from Beetlejuice

  24. Lee Hardy
    4 October, 2018 / 3:08 pm

    Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

  25. Angela Kelly
    25 September, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    It would have to be Wednesday Addams.

  26. maria
    24 September, 2018 / 1:56 am

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

  27. Amy Bondoc
    21 September, 2018 / 4:40 pm

    Wednesday Addams

  28. Ruth Harwood
    21 September, 2018 / 7:20 am

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

  29. Susie Wilkinson
    21 September, 2018 / 12:06 am

    Elvira!

  30. Lorna Ledger
    19 September, 2018 / 6:57 pm

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

  31. Margaret Clarkson
    19 September, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

  32. Sarah Mackay
    18 September, 2018 / 11:05 pm

    Vamperina

  33. Margaret Gallagher
    18 September, 2018 / 4:49 pm

    Wednesday from the Adams family

  34. Geri Gregg
    18 September, 2018 / 3:54 pm

    Wednesday Addams!

  35. donna skelton
    18 September, 2018 / 1:37 pm

    Abby from ncis (pauley perrette

  36. Annabel Greaves
    18 September, 2018 / 11:19 am

    Wednesday Addams

  37. clair downham
    18 September, 2018 / 9:37 am

    Wednesday Addams

  38. MARK HOPKINS
    17 September, 2018 / 9:24 pm

    Wednesday Addams

  39. Solange
    17 September, 2018 / 3:10 pm

    Allison Reynolds from The Breakfast Club.

  40. Tracy Nixon
    17 September, 2018 / 2:11 pm

    Wednesday Addams!

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