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Grandpa Bert and the Ghost Snatchers

Written by Malorie Blackman

Illustrated by Melanie Demmer

Part of the Little Gems Series

Key Stage 1

LoveReading View on Grandpa Bert and the Ghost Snatchers

Interest Age 5-8 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2019

A wonderfully entertaining romp of a story with the redoubtable Grandma and ghost of Grandpa Bert at the heart of it. When Grandma arrives to visit Anna and Kasper she brings in her handbag a very unusual travelling companion: the ghost of Grandpa Bert. And with Grandpa Bert comes danger. The Ghost Snatchers are out to get him and Grandma and Anna and Kasper have to their wits about them to stay one step ahead of the two dastardly crooks. Fun to read and attractively illustrated.


More spy caper than ghost story this is a fun adventure for young readers, and one that puts grandparents nicely in the driving seat of the action too. Anna and Kasper’s Grandma Gertie has an unusual secret in her handbag – the ghost of Grandpa Bert. In itself that’s pretty exciting, but then Grandpa Bert is kidnapped by a gang of ruthless ghost rustlers. Grandma Gertie won’t stand for that, and is straightaway off to the rescue with Anna and Kasper. Short chapters and lots of colour illustrations help make this super-readable, and everyone will want to know what happens at the end. ~ Andrea Reece

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Grandpa Bert and the Ghost Snatchers by Malorie Blackman

High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

About the Little Gems series: Little Gems are in a gorgeous new chunky format, with high-spec production including coloured endpapers and jacketed flaps with activities.  Additional features include high quality cream paper, Barrington Stoke font and illustrations on every page.  They are perfect for 5-8's. These quality stories promote good reading practice for all newly independent readers.

Grandpa Bert and the Ghost Snatchers Synopsis

Grandma Gertie is rather strange. With her big square glasses and a parrot on her hat, Anna and Kasper don't know what to make of her. But Grandma's got a secret... Grandpa Bert is a ghost and he's travelled all the way from Barbados squished inside her handbag! Even worse, they're being followed and Grandpa Bert could be in very grave danger... Can Anna and Kasper help their grandparents before it's too late?

A hilarious family adventure filled with ghosts and laughs.

Grandpa Bert and the Ghost Snatchers Press Reviews

“A worthy successor to Quentin Blake, Michael Morpurgo and Anne Fine”  The Guardian

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781128305
Publication date: 16th July 2018
Author: Malorie Blackman
Illustrator: Melanie Demmer
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 104 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 1

About Malorie Blackman

A World Book Day Author 2019 | Children's Laureate 2013-2015 Malorie Blackman has written over sixty books for children and young adults. Many of her books have also been adapted for stage and television, including a BAFTA-award-winning BBC production of Pig-Heart Boy and a Pilot Theatre stage adaptation by Sabrina Mahfouz of Noughts & Crosses. There is also a major BBC production of Noughts & Crosses, with Roc Nation (JayZ's entertainment company) curating and releasing the soundtrack as executive music producer. In 2008 Malorie received an OBE for her services to children's literature, and between 2013 and 2015 she was the Children's Laureate. ...

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