- Series: Ghosthunters (Book 1)
- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Chicken House Ltd (July 2, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1905294123
- ISBN-13: 978-1905294121
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #805,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost! Paperback – July 2, 2007
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4–Something wicked is in the cellar, and it's up to nine-year-old Tom to eradicate it in Cornelia Funke's light-hearted thriller (Chicken House, pap. 2006). Cellar dweller Hugo turns out to be an ASG (Averagely Spooky Ghost), blown out of his villa and into Tom's cellar by an IRG (Incredibly Revolting Ghost). Hugo and Tom join forces with ghost hunter Heady Hyssop to expel the IRG from Hugo's villa. Along the way they meet the cookie-baking Mr. Lovely, who provides the solution to a provoking problem. The trio's exploits are related through John Beach's warm narration. He's a master of Hugo's wobbly whooooing and the IRG's harrumphing vibrato. In spite of the IRG's penchant for removing his head at key moments, children won't be unduly frightened by this tale.–Erin B. Allen, Rowan Public Library, Salisbury, NC
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About the Author
Cornelia Funke is one of today's most beloved writers of magical stories for children. She is the author of The Thief Lord, Dragon Rider, Inkheart, Inkspell, the Ghosthunters series, When Santa Fell to Earth, and Igraine the Brave. She lives with her family in Los Angeles, California, in a house full of books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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By Ms. Cornelia Funke
Tom was scared of many things
That lived down in the cellar
But then he found to his dismay
There was a ghostly dweller
His grandma knew just what to do
She gave him the address
Of Hetty Hyssop, Ghosthunter
To ease the boy's distress
She told him how to hunt his ghost
And even though quite scared
He went down there and did his thing
And soon had that ghost snared
You might think this is the end
But that's where you'd be wrong
If I were singing, this would be
The middle of the song
One ghost hunt led to the next
And now instead of bolting
They face an even tougher ghost
That's Incredibly Revolting
Sparklers, mirrors, graveyard dirt
Clothes each shade of red
These are some essential tools
To fight the haunting dead
An entertaining spooky tale
For kids from eight to ten
I'd like to think that this is one
They'll want to read again
Amanda Richards, January 13, 2007
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The plot is simple. An ICR (Incredibly Revolting Ghost) has taken the place of an ASG (Averagely Spooky Ghost). Eleven-year old Tom joins forces with Hetty Hyssop, his grandmother’s friend, to foil the ICR, so that the ASG can leave Tom’s cellar and return home. His parents are clueless and pretty much absent from the story. His big sister, Lola, is a pain. All of the elements make it very appealing to seven to ten-year olds.
I found the story engaging for as adult, too. Cornelia Funke is German and the story was originally written in German. I was impressed by the interesting and advanced vocabulary used by the translator. The words were presented so that they were easily understood in context. It was definitely not ‘dumbed down’ for kids. It was a great shared reading. I’m sure my grandson would have gone through it quickly without me, but it was fun to share. I’m a Cornelia Funke fan and I’m sure my grandson is, too.
Nine year old Tom lives in an apartment complex. A new resident recently moves in, but unlike the typical occupant who rents an apartment, this one is a ghost (named Hugo) who haunts the cellar. At first Tom is scared away, but his Grandmother's friend, Hetty Hyssop, tells him that the ghost is just an ASG (Averagely Scary Ghost)--which is mostly harmless.
When Tom confronts Hugo, he finds that the ghost was chased out of his former home by an IRG (Incredibly Revolting Ghost). Thankfully for both Tom and Hugo, Hetty Hyssop is an expert ghost hunter.
After collecting supplies, the three of them set out to chase away the IRG so that Hugo can have his home back. Once they arrive at the old house, Hetty Hyssop quickly discovers that this IRG is the most powerful one she's ever dealt with.
I enjoyed the lightheartedness of this story. Funke creatively uses objects to fight against ghosts, such as eggs, graveyard dirt, and mirrors. Keep in mind that unlike her other works [mentioned above], this one is geared to a slightly younger audience.
Things to consider:
There's no inappropriate language, violence, or sexual situations. However, if taken in the wrong light, situations such as the IRG removing its head might come across as slightly disturbing to some children. Overall I'd say this is a safe read and one good for children ages seven to preteens.
James D. Maxon
Author of Traphis: A Wizard's Tale
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