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Ghosthunters #1: Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost Hardcover – August 1, 2006

4.5 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Ghosthunters Series

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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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
  • Series: Ghosthunters (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House (August 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439849586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439849586
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 6.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,336,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is a cute little twist to the haunted house/ghost hunter type of story...in Ghosthunter's and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost we met Tom (9 years old BTW) who has a few problems of his own (besides the ASG that he's just discovered in the cellar of his apartment building...that's an ASG is an Average Spooky Ghost, for those not in the know). Tom's a bit of a klutz, his sister's always picking on him (she is a BIG sister after all), and his parent's are a little worried about his strange behavior...lucky for Tom, his grandmother is a bit more understanding AND happens to be best buds with one of the best ghost hunters around! Under her supervision, Tom is taught the tools of the trade (hot water bottles, mirrors, Mozart music, ect...) to rid is cellar of the ASG...and he's quite successful until he discovers that his ASG has been evicted from his normal haunt by a IRG (incredibly REVOLTING ghost) and would really like to go back home...what ensues is exactly what the title suggests!

Tom and Hattie (the world famous ghost hunter) set off with the ASG to oust it from its current location so that Tom's ASG can go back to his regular haunt! What happens next? Well, you'll have to read to find out...and I don't think you'll be disappointed! This book has scares, humor and a pretty good story line. Great for young readers, especially around Halloween time! This book is a great beginner chapter book (ages 7-9 I think would be ideal) and it still has some illustrations to help flesh out the story for young readers. Book comes complete with a list of acronyms at the end, so you can brush up on your ghost hunting terminology and some handy ghost hunting tips! This book would make a fine read aloud too, but probably not for children under 5...
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Kids who read the Goosebumps books
Or show a lot of spunk
Will really, really like this one
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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Format: Paperback
While looking for Funke's other book "Dragon Rider", I saw this one and picked it up. My eight year old son, who has just about refused to read anything but a favorite sci-fi series, found it very easy to read and very entertaining. He could not wait for book #2 which we have already purchased and read.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I picked up Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost by Cornelia Funke (Foon-kah) at our local library, along with stack of other books. My nine-year old grandson, who is a Ghostbusters fan, picked it out immediately. I have to say that we both enjoyed the book equally. He was so engaged in the book that he read it to me while I was packing up to take him home, following me from room to room.

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.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Tom is a nine year old boy who just happens to see a ghost in his family's cellar. He, of course, is not believed by anyone in his family...except his Grandma that is. Good thing she believes him, because she has a friend that is a Ghosthunter and is more than willing to help Tom confront his ghost and ask him to leave. Soon they learn that this Cellar Ghost is not there because he wishes to be, but because he was kicked out of his normal home by another ghost, one that is mean and is hard to get rid of. Soon Tom and his Grandma's friend are in the thick of an investigation and an undertaking that neither is sure they will be able to manage. Can they really get rid of a big, mean, and just plain nasty ghost all on their own with just some ghosthunting supplies like graveyard dirt?

This was a quick, easy, yet very fun read for me. I sat down and ended up reading this delightful book all in one day. I found this to be such a fun read with so many funny things that happened in it too. I loved the descriptions used in the writing of this book! I felt like I was right in the thick of it with Tom. The characters were fun too! I loved how they really became so well developed in such a relatively short book/time. This was a light little mystery read. If you like a bit of mystery and love the thought of paranormal and ghosts this is very much the book for you! I highly recommend this book for any reader, young or old.

5/5 Stars!!
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