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People are flocking to Ghastly-Gorm Hall from far and wide to compete in Lord Goth's Literary Dog Show. The esteemed judges are in place and the contestants are all ready to win. Sir Walter Splott is preparing his Lanarkshire Lurcher, Plain Austen is preening her Hampshire Hound and Homily Dickinson and her Yankee Poodle are raring to go. But there's something strange goin People are flocking to Ghastly-Gorm Hall from far and wide to compete in Lord Goth's Literary Dog Show. The esteemed judges are in place and the contestants are all ready to win. Sir Walter Splott is preparing his Lanarkshire Lurcher, Plain Austen is preening her Hampshire Hound and Homily Dickinson and her Yankee Poodle are raring to go. But there's something strange going on at Ghastly-Gorm - mysterious footprints, howls in the night and some suspiciously chewed shoes. Can Ada, the Attic Club and their new friends the Vicarage sisters (Charlotte, Emily and Anne) work out what's going on before the next full moon? The third book in the Goth Girl series, sequel to Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse and Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death.


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People are flocking to Ghastly-Gorm Hall from far and wide to compete in Lord Goth's Literary Dog Show. The esteemed judges are in place and the contestants are all ready to win. Sir Walter Splott is preparing his Lanarkshire Lurcher, Plain Austen is preening her Hampshire Hound and Homily Dickinson and her Yankee Poodle are raring to go. But there's something strange goin People are flocking to Ghastly-Gorm Hall from far and wide to compete in Lord Goth's Literary Dog Show. The esteemed judges are in place and the contestants are all ready to win. Sir Walter Splott is preparing his Lanarkshire Lurcher, Plain Austen is preening her Hampshire Hound and Homily Dickinson and her Yankee Poodle are raring to go. But there's something strange going on at Ghastly-Gorm - mysterious footprints, howls in the night and some suspiciously chewed shoes. Can Ada, the Attic Club and their new friends the Vicarage sisters (Charlotte, Emily and Anne) work out what's going on before the next full moon? The third book in the Goth Girl series, sequel to Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse and Goth Girl and the Fete Worse Than Death.

30 review for Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Churchill

    I feel like every one of my reviews for the books in this series are the same. Funny, fabulous illustrations with puns galore; this time literary references from all directions that'll amuse both young and old. Again, a lot of those references may go over the head of the 'target market', but who cares? There's enough to keep them engrossed in the story, while the rest of us giggle at the references. Especially fun to see Chris Riddell himself appear in this one as a rather unwelcome illustrator/ I feel like every one of my reviews for the books in this series are the same. Funny, fabulous illustrations with puns galore; this time literary references from all directions that'll amuse both young and old. Again, a lot of those references may go over the head of the 'target market', but who cares? There's enough to keep them engrossed in the story, while the rest of us giggle at the references. Especially fun to see Chris Riddell himself appear in this one as a rather unwelcome illustrator/journalist. Definitely made me giggle. Only downside are a couple of typos or printing errors that were a bit of a shame, but otherwise a gorgeous book as always. Didn't love the little bonus booklet at the back as much as I have with the previous volumes, but still a lovely little addition.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    Wonderful jokes. If it makes my daughters happy and they want me to read it that makes it a five star all the time! UPDATE: Never as a book filled me with such pleasure as this in ages, delightful book references abound. Georgie Elliot, anyone? Homily Dickson, no? OK. My favourite... "Hands" Christian Anderson, because he has LARGE hands. Just read it and enjoy the book title and other authors. ENJOY Wonderful jokes. If it makes my daughters happy and they want me to read it that makes it a five star all the time! UPDATE: Never as a book filled me with such pleasure as this in ages, delightful book references abound. Georgie Elliot, anyone? Homily Dickson, no? OK. My favourite... "Hands" Christian Anderson, because he has LARGE hands. Just read it and enjoy the book title and other authors. ENJOY

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sanja_Sanjalica

    One of the best ones in the series, just magnificent. I was simultaneously laughing out loud and wishing to revisit the classics Riddell referenced. Excellent!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Robin Stevens

    Gorgeous, delightful and bonkers, this latest installment of the Goth Girl series features not only the Bronte sisters but also DOGS. A perfect Christmas story for literary nerds young and old.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Ghastly Gorm hosts a literary dog show. Famous novelists and their pets are invited to compete in these really weird but totally cute activities. However, a curious canine surprise is about to be revealed... There are so many literary references but served in a really unique way like Hands Christmas Andersen or Homily Dickinson. The illustrations are just fabulous. Again! I don't think I have ever read a book with more magnificent artwork! Ghastly Gorm hosts a literary dog show. Famous novelists and their pets are invited to compete in these really weird but totally cute activities. However, a curious canine surprise is about to be revealed... There are so many literary references but served in a really unique way like Hands Christmas Andersen or Homily Dickinson. The illustrations are just fabulous. Again! I don't think I have ever read a book with more magnificent artwork!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marie the Librarian

    okay, this was my fave so far. ALL THE LITERARY PEOPLE AND JOKES!! Pippi Shortstocking and Plain Austen <3 I LOVE IT

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shatterlings

    I enjoy these with their long list of characters with names that are puns, they are so much fun.

  8. 5 out of 5

    A.M.G. ☮Hippie/Fantasia☮

    Rating: 5 / 5 Perfect x3! Though not as Gothic in nature as the previous two books of the series, this third installment to the Goth Girl series does see a lot of literary puns that I appreciated--though, again, I'm not sure that children should be expected to understand them, and therefore reconfirm my opinion that this book isn't wholly intended for children, but for older teens and adults as well. One more book to the series and I'll have all four gorgeousness aesthetic books on my shelf! Can't Rating: 5 / 5 Perfect x3! Though not as Gothic in nature as the previous two books of the series, this third installment to the Goth Girl series does see a lot of literary puns that I appreciated--though, again, I'm not sure that children should be expected to understand them, and therefore reconfirm my opinion that this book isn't wholly intended for children, but for older teens and adults as well. One more book to the series and I'll have all four gorgeousness aesthetic books on my shelf! Can't wait!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Crane

    We Have a love for Chris Riddell & Neil Gaiman. This book, like his others was excellent. Funny, entertaining and has nods to the adults who might be reading their kids books ;-) can't wait for the next in the series. We Have a love for Chris Riddell & Neil Gaiman. This book, like his others was excellent. Funny, entertaining and has nods to the adults who might be reading their kids books ;-) can't wait for the next in the series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jo

    These are so cute. Perfect for little festive book snacks.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mehsi

    4.5 stars! Another brilliant Goth Girl novel, this time with famous writers and others. A really snack bite review, I really want to write at least a bit about this book, but not many words are coming out of my head (as I normally have when I want to review a book). I have been anxiously waiting for a new book in this series. It has great characters, fun illustrations, and each book has its own theme. This one is all about literature and also about dogs. You will find several famous classic writ 4.5 stars! Another brilliant Goth Girl novel, this time with famous writers and others. A really snack bite review, I really want to write at least a bit about this book, but not many words are coming out of my head (as I normally have when I want to review a book). I have been anxiously waiting for a new book in this series. It has great characters, fun illustrations, and each book has its own theme. This one is all about literature and also about dogs. You will find several famous classic writers (and also some newer one *cough*Chris Riddell and Chris Priestley) in this book. I really loved how the names were changed, you could still recognize them, even with their names and booktitles Chris Riddelled, and I love the addition of Chris Riddell and Chris Priestley themselves. The dog show was really fun and entertaining. The only things that I didn't particularly like are 2 things. For one I didn't like how the father acted. He wouldn't listen to Ada, and was instantly jumping to conclusions. I know, it is the time this takes place in, but couldn't he at least have listened? Normally I find him really sweet, but he couldn't seem to be nice to Ada at all, he was just disappointed and acted all stuffy around her. I also didn't like the monkeys. The book is already full of magic and weird stuff, and I felt the monkeys were just a bit too much. All in all though, I would highly recommend this book to everyone, be sure to also read the others, this book does touch on some of the other books, so previous knowledge would be handy to have. Review first posted at http://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chandré Louw

    Cool , quirky and easy-to-read book in between the heavier stuff. Chris Riddell's tale Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright is my first Goth girl book (and supposedly not the best of the 4) but was really fun and ridiculous. First off , the aesthetic appeal of this book was immense for me. The amazing colored pages , the booklet in the back , the eye-catching cover , the bookmark and the awesome gold embellishment on the inside of the cover. A lot of work had gone into the design and it pays off. I a Cool , quirky and easy-to-read book in between the heavier stuff. Chris Riddell's tale Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright is my first Goth girl book (and supposedly not the best of the 4) but was really fun and ridiculous. First off , the aesthetic appeal of this book was immense for me. The amazing colored pages , the booklet in the back , the eye-catching cover , the bookmark and the awesome gold embellishment on the inside of the cover. A lot of work had gone into the design and it pays off. I absolutely LOVED the illustrations and think it's a wonderful addition to the book. Despite being a children's book, it would relate to a lot to adults in a way as there are references they would enjoy as well and I found myself wondering once or twice if I (as a kid) would have understood or have been able to pronounce some words. The only complaint I have is that the book could've done with 1 less "It is a truth universally..". The quote got a bit annoying after a while. I understand it is a reflection of the character but I personally felt a hint of over-use. Simple , charming , funny and hugely creative. It was great. I will definitely read the others!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Raluca Danilovici

    Lovely puns! These books are getting better and better and the illustrations are absolutely gorgeous!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rhea

    I so dearly love this series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bernadette Donnelly

    Not as good as the other Goth Girl books but still an adorable read. The illustrations just made it even better.

  16. 4 out of 5

    N R

    Unfortunately, I found this disappointing. Adored the original (Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse) and the follow-up was high quality also (Goth Girl and a Fete Worse than Death), so too the short paperback for Comic Relief, but I just felt here that the story - although still rich in the expected literary allusions - didn't have enough substance. It seemed a little churned out, even flippant in its presentation of character and plotline; even the miniature book was minimal on words. Still exce Unfortunately, I found this disappointing. Adored the original (Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse) and the follow-up was high quality also (Goth Girl and a Fete Worse than Death), so too the short paperback for Comic Relief, but I just felt here that the story - although still rich in the expected literary allusions - didn't have enough substance. It seemed a little churned out, even flippant in its presentation of character and plotline; even the miniature book was minimal on words. Still exceptional illustrations, though. If there are any further Goth Girls in Riddell's future, I hope we see a return to his original brilliance in storytelling, which was what attracted my daughter and I to this series in the first place, given his other illustrated heroine for younger readers, Ottoline.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mikko Saari

    A quick read. Looks absolutely charming, which I guess is a large part of the attraction. The story line was simple, a bit too simple even, but funny. I'd love to compare the Finnish translation to the original; while the translation is quite fluent, it seems at least part of the jokes are missing something. In any case, this is nice, and quite silly enough for my son, while the adults may try to spot all the references to various bits of culture – there are plenty of those. A quick read. Looks absolutely charming, which I guess is a large part of the attraction. The story line was simple, a bit too simple even, but funny. I'd love to compare the Finnish translation to the original; while the translation is quite fluent, it seems at least part of the jokes are missing something. In any case, this is nice, and quite silly enough for my son, while the adults may try to spot all the references to various bits of culture – there are plenty of those.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    Another fab book from Chris Riddell. So much fun and you can't beat his illustrations! Another fab book from Chris Riddell. So much fun and you can't beat his illustrations!

  19. 5 out of 5

    John of Canada

    Outrageous puns,brilliant artwork(Riddell should put out a coloring book)snappy dialogue and sort of famous literary giants.The story wasn't quite up to his regular standards but 5 stars anyway. Outrageous puns,brilliant artwork(Riddell should put out a coloring book)snappy dialogue and sort of famous literary giants.The story wasn't quite up to his regular standards but 5 stars anyway.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Stevenson

    Chris Riddell has come to be synonymous with many things - greatness in all of his children's works is definitely one of them. On his last day as children's laureate, this has never been more obvious. After completing his Ottoline series, I was intrigued to see other personal projects such as Goth girl as it has been on so many literary charts since its release. Unfortunately, Goth girl wasn't especially for me. Whilst the puns were fantastic and there were many interesting moments, this particu Chris Riddell has come to be synonymous with many things - greatness in all of his children's works is definitely one of them. On his last day as children's laureate, this has never been more obvious. After completing his Ottoline series, I was intrigued to see other personal projects such as Goth girl as it has been on so many literary charts since its release. Unfortunately, Goth girl wasn't especially for me. Whilst the puns were fantastic and there were many interesting moments, this particular volume wasn't as engaging for me as all of the other works by Riddell usually are. I am hoping that reading the previous 2 books in this series will rectify my opinion. The character of Lord Goth as father was one which was particularly ominous and creepy - perhaps the aim of the novel, but one which made for a rather lonely protagonist who feels out of the loop. Plain Austen is now a thing though and for this I can forgive the other elements of this story which were not as engaging. That and the illustrations were sublime, eccentric and quirky as always. If any art form is proving the merit of good old fashioned paper, ink and creativity these are those drawings indeed.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Aimy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 🌝🌝 Themes: Goth Girl, dogs, famous deceased writers, friendship, old-fashioned, crazy//ridiculous 50-word summary: Cabbage guy has monkeys, invents things like train. Visitors (famous deceased authors) come with their dogs for contest. Ada has different nanny, to bear. Mysterious dog-like acts are actually a young boy who’s a werewolf. Vampire tutor lady comes back, but Ada is going to go to school with Emily. Writing: I couldn’t get into this book (partly because of the writing style). It was so bori 🌝🌝 Themes: Goth Girl, dogs, famous deceased writers, friendship, old-fashioned, crazy//ridiculous 50-word summary: Cabbage guy has monkeys, invents things like train. Visitors (famous deceased authors) come with their dogs for contest. Ada has different nanny, to bear. Mysterious dog-like acts are actually a young boy who’s a werewolf. Vampire tutor lady comes back, but Ada is going to go to school with Emily. Writing: I couldn’t get into this book (partly because of the writing style). It was so boring. Other notes: - Too many characters. Made the book tedious, boring and hard to remember them all - I’ve only read 3 in this series, but this book was definitely my least favourite - When I basically gave up, I just flipped through the rest of the pages (more than half) - Page ribbon was helpful - Ottoline series by Chris Riddell is better than Goth Girl series - Most of the writers mentioned (but names changed, e.g. Plain Austen) young children wouldn’t know

  22. 5 out of 5

    Yasmeen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is the Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright by Chris Riddell. Lord Goth is organising a literary dog show but a mystery is at foot, there are strange footprints, howling in the night, chewed shoes and a missing leg of ham. Let's hope Ada and the attic club can crack the mystery and find out what happened before the next full moon. When the literary dog show takes place there is a series of cheating and sabotage, bramble turns into a werewolf after touching some werewolf drool on a previo This book is the Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright by Chris Riddell. Lord Goth is organising a literary dog show but a mystery is at foot, there are strange footprints, howling in the night, chewed shoes and a missing leg of ham. Let's hope Ada and the attic club can crack the mystery and find out what happened before the next full moon. When the literary dog show takes place there is a series of cheating and sabotage, bramble turns into a werewolf after touching some werewolf drool on a previous journey through the forest and Ada is yet to find out that her best friend is moving to London. I gave this book four stars because I really enjoyed all the language and the use of metaphors and similes. My favourite part was when Bramble turns into a werewolf because the illustrations were brilliant and I enjoyed them greatly. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a book with a mystery and cliffhangers.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Andres

    A fun read for anyone, but especially delightful for English majors — and even more so for nerdy 19th century BritLit lovers. A quick read, but oh so fun. And this was definitely favorite: “...Hands Christmas Andersen took out a small doll dressed in blue and white with an oversized head on a spring. He carefully placed the doll at the very top of the little fir tree and waited until its head had stopped wobbling. ‘Elsa the show queen!’ He said stepping back.” (132) [I’ll forgive the dig at Disney A fun read for anyone, but especially delightful for English majors — and even more so for nerdy 19th century BritLit lovers. A quick read, but oh so fun. And this was definitely favorite: “...Hands Christmas Andersen took out a small doll dressed in blue and white with an oversized head on a spring. He carefully placed the doll at the very top of the little fir tree and waited until its head had stopped wobbling. ‘Elsa the show queen!’ He said stepping back.” (132) [I’ll forgive the dig at Disney animation here; the accompanying illustration is hilarious.] “...giving him the reputation of being ‘mad, bad, and dangerous to gnomes’.” (179) BYRON FOREVER. “Charlotte, Emily and Anne had been very taken with Lord Goth and had stared to put dark, handsome, brooding characters into their stories.” ❤️❤️❤️ Byronic Heroes

  24. 5 out of 5

    theshadishow

    There were a few too many characters to keep up with, and, to fit in with all of the literary references, some had the same name! It was a bit confusing. The prose was mostly very engaging, though I think Chris Riddle really thrives when it comes to the illustrations - if he has created any comics, I would really love to read them! (Side-note: I LOVED all of the references, particularly when he wrote himself into the book!) I’m not surprised to see this is the third in a series and am curious to There were a few too many characters to keep up with, and, to fit in with all of the literary references, some had the same name! It was a bit confusing. The prose was mostly very engaging, though I think Chris Riddle really thrives when it comes to the illustrations - if he has created any comics, I would really love to read them! (Side-note: I LOVED all of the references, particularly when he wrote himself into the book!) I’m not surprised to see this is the third in a series and am curious to give the other books a go if I ever come across them. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who loves classic gothic writing, and intend on re-reading it once I have read the works of all the writers referenced here.

  25. 5 out of 5

    San Diego Book Review

    Reviewed by Miriam Wagner for San Diego Book Review Ada Goth is the daughter of Lord Goth, who has allowed the dog-judging contest to take place at his manor this year. Ada's friend Emily, and some other friends are coming over to watch the show. But during the first night, there are weird snuffling sounds, and in the morning, shoes have been chewed on, meat has been stolen, and there are strange marks and a bone left outside in the snow. You can read this entire review and others like it at San Reviewed by Miriam Wagner for San Diego Book Review Ada Goth is the daughter of Lord Goth, who has allowed the dog-judging contest to take place at his manor this year. Ada's friend Emily, and some other friends are coming over to watch the show. But during the first night, there are weird snuffling sounds, and in the morning, shoes have been chewed on, meat has been stolen, and there are strange marks and a bone left outside in the snow. You can read this entire review and others like it at San Diego Book Review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    My blog: A Magical World Of Words (Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan Ball SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.) 4.5 stars. Oh please people, if you have a little kid, or if you're in the mood for an outrageous, innocent adventure, read this book. It's Middle Grade at its very best. It's absolutely lovable. The characters are fantastically eccentric, and the themes of family and friendship are tender against a backdrop of craziness and absurdity. The plot is all over the pla My blog: A Magical World Of Words (Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan Ball SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.) 4.5 stars. Oh please people, if you have a little kid, or if you're in the mood for an outrageous, innocent adventure, read this book. It's Middle Grade at its very best. It's absolutely lovable. The characters are fantastically eccentric, and the themes of family and friendship are tender against a backdrop of craziness and absurdity. The plot is all over the place, but it's still so much fun. It's beautifully written, and the imagination is incredible. The bizarreness of everything is both overwhelming and exhilarating. It's a wonderful, heartwarming tale. And the humour is amazing! It's so cute. The characters include "Homily Dickenson", "Anne Bowl-In", "Anne of Peeves", " Georgie Elliot", "Plain Austen", "Hands Christmas Andersen", and more - they are an absolutely hilarious. I also adore the many absurd twists on famous literature classics and lines; I lost count of how many times Austen was misquoted. It's delightful. I smiled so much. The black and white sketches are also gorgeous. The detail is exquisite, and they're just adorable. I love them.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anna♥Reading

    I purchased the Goth Girl set of 3 books as I remembered I had read Ottoline and the Yellow Cat when I was younger and absolutely loved it. Chris Riddell's illustrations are wonderful but his imagination is out of this world. I loved all of them, and I think your never too old for something as fun and mysterious as these 🧚‍♀️ As I've finished the 3 set I bought I find that the pages in these are great for drawing and Chris Riddell's illustrations make a perfect ''colour book''. Can't wait to I purchased the Goth Girl set of 3 books as I remembered I had read Ottoline and the Yellow Cat when I was younger and absolutely loved it. Chris Riddell's illustrations are wonderful but his imagination is out of this world. I loved all of them, and I think your never too old for something as fun and mysterious as these 🧚‍♀️ As I've finished the 3 set I bought I find that the pages in these are great for drawing and Chris Riddell's illustrations make a perfect ''colour book''. Can't wait to bring them to life in colours🎨

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    A Gothic Christmas story full of literary giants and dogs?? Sounds like a treat! Another from Chris Riddell in his Goth Girl series of delightful quirky stories for younger readers, this one focuses on the great writers of 19th century literature, complete with pet dogs named for their greatest creations. It's full of puns, full of irreverent references to history, modern pop culture and also the other books in the series, it's a joy to read and the illustrations as always are spectacular. I'm s A Gothic Christmas story full of literary giants and dogs?? Sounds like a treat! Another from Chris Riddell in his Goth Girl series of delightful quirky stories for younger readers, this one focuses on the great writers of 19th century literature, complete with pet dogs named for their greatest creations. It's full of puns, full of irreverent references to history, modern pop culture and also the other books in the series, it's a joy to read and the illustrations as always are spectacular. I'm so glad I found this series at a cafe, otherwise I would have missed out on some very sweet stories!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Elin

    This is an absolutely gorgeous book, beautifully made and brimming with intricately delightful illustrations, even if the story is a little on the slight side. As a devotee of the Gothic it was hilarious to see how Riddell twisted classic writers' names into puns, not to mention matching them with their four-legged companions, and there's enough of a mystery to maintain a sense of intrigue among the pooch-related shenanigans. Imagine if the Disney Channel made its own version of Best in Show whr This is an absolutely gorgeous book, beautifully made and brimming with intricately delightful illustrations, even if the story is a little on the slight side. As a devotee of the Gothic it was hilarious to see how Riddell twisted classic writers' names into puns, not to mention matching them with their four-legged companions, and there's enough of a mystery to maintain a sense of intrigue among the pooch-related shenanigans. Imagine if the Disney Channel made its own version of Best in Show whre the contestants are a slew of classic literature's most famous authors.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ionarr

    After the triumph of the first book, which was mostly funny because of all the puns, this series is just not that good. This book in particular was the worst so far, a passable children's book at best. I'm now only reading them in the hope Riddell realises Ada and Emily are clearly adorable baby gays. After the triumph of the first book, which was mostly funny because of all the puns, this series is just not that good. This book in particular was the worst so far, a passable children's book at best. I'm now only reading them in the hope Riddell realises Ada and Emily are clearly adorable baby gays.

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