Frightfully Friendly Ghosties

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Frightfully Friendly Ghosties, described as "exciting, charming and ridiculous," by The Guardian, is a hilarious book for young readers about the adventures of a funny, charming, and terribly polite group of ghosts who just want to get along with their housemates. The cast of classic characters, brilliant one-liners, and clever plotting will delight children and parents alike.

It's winter, and what better than a ghostly holler-day by the sea? But how are the ghosties to decide ...

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Overview

Frightfully Friendly Ghosties, described as "exciting, charming and ridiculous," by The Guardian, is a hilarious book for young readers about the adventures of a funny, charming, and terribly polite group of ghosts who just want to get along with their housemates. The cast of classic characters, brilliant one-liners, and clever plotting will delight children and parents alike.

It's winter, and what better than a ghostly holler-day by the sea? But how are the ghosties to decide between Frighten-on-Sea and Scare-borough? A postcard from their friend Headless Leslie decides for them: Headless is in Frighten and cannot remember how to get home. So the friends set of on an exciting ghostie caper involving a haunted Frighten pier, a fun fair, and a mysterious phantom magician. But will it all end in spooky fun or devilish disaster?

Daren King is the author of numerous popular children's books, including Mouse Noses on Toast, which won the Nestle Children's Gold Prize, and Peter the Penguin Pioneer, which was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Award. His debut novel, Boxy an Star, was nominated for the Guardian First Book Award and longlisted for the Booker Prize.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Well-meaning but clueless “ghosties” take on “still-alives” in this helter-skelter comedy, the first book in a trilogy by the creators of Sensible Hare and the Case of Carrots. The eccentric spirits, each of whom has a different ghostly ability, are distressed that the “mean” human residents of the house go shrieking off whenever the ghosties try—ever so politely—to interact with them. Though variations on that scenario grow repetitive, the banter and bickering among the ghosties and their idiosyncratic talents keep things lively (no pun intended). The ghosties’ primary mission is rescuing timid Pamela Fraidy, who gets locked in the attic—and later the study—both times with a scary “leggy spider.” Narrator Tabitha calls on her poltergeist skills, obsessive house cleaner Gertrude oozes “glowing blue goo” that comes in handy, and Humphrey’s knack for bumping into things proves useful. Fans of the Dunderheads books will recognize a similarly dark brand of comedy in Roberts’s b&w art, whose delicate ink lines and lightly macabre subject matter make it feel like a humorous cousin to the work of Edward Gorey. Ages 5–8. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-01
Who's afraid of the big, bad…spider? When the ever-frightened Pamela Fraidy is stuck in the attic with a leggy spider, it's up to her fellow phantoms to work together and set her free. Tabitha Tumbly, poltergeist, Charlie Vapor, a courteous specter who can walk through walls, and Wither, a fearlessly emotional poetry-writing ghost, successfully do so. They are just a few of the amicable spirits who reside in the old house, also populated by "still-alives" who are always mean--they trap ghosts by closing doors and scream and shake whenever ghosts try to communicate! After efforts to befriend the still-alives fail, the ghosts call in a ghoul to send them on their way. But how to get rid of the ghoul once the job is done? Hint: A living creature with eight legs may hold the answer. Playful dialogue, gentle suspense, childlike characters, appealing black-and-white spot and full-page illustrations as well as an array of comic misunderstandings and themes of loyalty and friendship blend together nicely here in a chapter book that young readers will doubtlessly enjoy. Though the plot is a trifle thin and fragmented, even reluctant readers will giggle their way through as they see that misbehavior is often motivated by fear and that even the scariest adversary has vulnerabilities. Kids will be happy to spend time in this particular haunted house. (Fiction. 6-9)
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"Exciting, charming, and ridiculous."—The Guardian

"Playful dialogue, gentle suspense, childlike characters, appealing black-and-white spot and full-page illustrations as well as an array of comic misunderstandings and themes of loyalty and friendship blend together nicely here in a chapter book that young readers will doubtlessly enjoy.... Kids will be happy to spend time in this particular haunted house."—Kirkus Reviews

"Joyously inventive...sweetly bizarre."—Literary Review

"Incredibly funny and imaginative."—Sunday Express

"Fans of the Dunderheads books will recognize a similarly dark brand of comedy in Roberts's b&w art, whose delicate ink lines and lightly macabre subject matter make it feel like a humorous cousin to the work of Edward Gorey."—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781623650261
  • Publisher: Quercus
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 956,013
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

AUTHOR
Daren King is the author of numerous popular children's books, including Mouse Noses on Toast, which won the Nestle Children's Gold Prize, and Peter the Penguin Pioneer, which was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Award. He lives in London.

ILLUSTRATOR
David Roberts is a prolific children's book illustrator. He has worked with many authors—including Philip Ardagh, Julia Donaldson, Jacqueline Wilson, and Chris Priestly—and is the creator of the Dirtie Bertie series. Roberts lives in London.

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