Frightfully Friendly Ghosties

Why are the still-alives in the ghosties’ house so mean? They’re always trying to get rid of them! Tabitha Tumbly, Charlie Vapour and Rusty Chains just can’t understand it. And when their friend gets locked in the attic by a still-alive, the ghosties decide it’s time to make the still-alives like them. But the friendlier the ghosts are – hiding under beds, rushing out to read bedtime stories, and swooping down the chimney to say hello – the nastier and ruder the still-alives become. They even run out of rooms shrieking! And when the family starts putting nasty garlic around the house and calls in a priest to exorcise the ghosts, the ghostie gloves are off! Tabitha and Charlie decide to call in a really scary ghost to sort out the still-alives once and for all. But could the terrifying Ghoul prove much fiercer than even the ghosties bargained for? A hilarious story of spirits and squabbles from a Nestlé Gold Award winner.

“This story is exciting, charming and ridiculous” Guardian

“Incredibly funny and imaginative” Sunday Express

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  • This cover is really good. To be honest, I think it could use a little more colour because it doesn’t stand out very well. I do understand that it is a ghost book though, so I know it needs to look a little dark and spooky – but a little more colour would be a great improvement. The picture above doesn’t do the book in real life, justice. In real life, the spider webs are shiny and spooky; you can hardly see them on the picture used for this review. Other than that, I really do like this cover. It’s very mysterious and it just makes you want to grab it and start reading straight away!

    The characters names in this are ridiculously hilarious! Charlie Vapour, Humphrey Bump, Pamela Fraidy, Wither, Headless Leslie….to name a few. It’s clear that the author has spent a long time thinking about the characters names and personalities – by the second page, you feel like you already know them!

    This is a very unusual, unique, original book. A family of ghosts living in a house that is no longer occupied by the ‘still-alives’. Of course, that is not all the book is about. It’s a story of fear, haunted piers at night time, con-men, spooky Victorian magicians, strange trap-doors and lots more…mwahahahahahahaa! Also, I love the authors play-on-words. Frighten, Holler-Day, Scare-borough….basically the whole book is hilarious; it’s a must-read!

    I have only found ONE fault with this book and that is about the ending. The ending is extremely disappointing – it’s as if the book has just stopped in the middle of the story. I would have liked a more detailed, dramatic, clear ending.

    Other than that….wow. That’s all I can say. Wow. This book was great! I absolutely loved it. It’s not extremely scary so I’d say this book is for readers aged…7+. Maybe even younger, if this was read to the child. I give this a rating of 4/5 – excellent :) I’ve never read anything by this author before but I certainly will be reading more by him now!

    4 March 2013

  • loved it

    This book was spooky and funny at the same time! I liked it when Pamela Fraidy got locked in different rooms and the other ghosts tried to free her.

    Ryan, age 8

    15 March 2011

  • loved it

    This cover is really good. To be honest, I think it could use a little more colour because it doesn’t stand out very well. I do understand that it is a ghost book though, so I know it needs to look a little dark and spooky – but a little more colour would be a great improvement. The picture above doesn’t do the book in real life, justice. In real life, the spider webs are shiny and spooky; you can hardly see them on the picture used for this review. Other than that, I really do like this cover. It’s very mysterious and it just makes you want to grab it and start reading straight away!

    The characters names in this are ridiculously hilarious! Charlie Vapour, Humphrey Bump, Pamela Fraidy, Wither, Headless Leslie….to name a few. It’s clear that the author has spent a long time thinking about the characters names and personalities – by the second page, you feel like you already know them!

    This is a very unusual, unique, original book. A family of ghosts living in a house that is no longer occupied by the ‘still-alives’. Of course, that is not all the book is about. It’s a story of fear, haunted piers at night time, con-men, spooky Victorian magicians, strange trap-doors and lots more…mwahahahahahahaa! Also, I love the authors play-on-words. Frighten, Holler-Day, Scare-borough….basically the whole book is hilarious; it’s a must-read!

    I have only found ONE fault with this book and that is about the ending. The ending is extremely disappointing – it’s as if the book has just stopped in the middle of the story. I would have liked a more detailed, dramatic, clear ending.

    Other than that….wow. That’s all I can say. Wow. This book was great! I absolutely loved it. It’s not extremely scary so I’d say this book is for readers aged…7+. Maybe even younger, if this was read to the child. I give this a rating of 4/5 – excellent :) I’ve never read anything by this author before but I certainly will be reading more by him now!

    3 March 2011

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    Darren King won the Nestle Smarties prize for Mouse Noses on Toast in 2006.

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