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Frightfully Friendly Ghosties, Book 1by Daren King
Synopses & Reviews
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.
Tabitha Tumbly, Charlie Vapor, Rusty Chains, and their friends can’t understand why the still-alives in their house are so mean. The friendlier the ghosties are—whether hiding under beds and rushing out to read the still-alives a bedtime story or swooping down the chimney just to say hello—the meaner the still-alives become!
When the still-alive family puts garlic around the house and calls in a priest, however, the ghostie gloves come off. Tabitha and Charlie decide to invite The Ghoul to sort out the still-alives once and for all. But could the terrifying Ghoul prove to be more trouble than the ghosties bargained for?
Daren King is the author of numerous popular children’s books, including Mouse Noses on Toast, which won the Nestlé 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.
"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.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Daren King is the author of numerous popular children’s books, including Mouse Noses on Toast, which won the Nestlé Children’s Gold Prize, and Peter the Penguin Pioneer, which was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Award. He lives in London.
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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