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Zippel The Little Keyhole Ghost

Written by Alex Ruhle

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Key Stage 1 Family / Home Stories Horror & Ghost Stories Funny School Stories

LoveReading View on Zippel The Little Keyhole Ghost

A cheeky little ghost stars in a quirky, charming adventure

Paul’s life changes in totally unexpected ways when he discovers a little ghost living in the keyhole of his front door. The two quickly become friends and no wonder, Zippel the ghost is irresistible – funny, mischievous and thoroughly well-meaning, if totally baffled by modern life (he’s particularly fascinated by the flush on the toilet). Together they have some excellent adventures, Zippel getting up to all sorts of tricks in an old castle and taking ingenious revenge on a couple of bullies who’ve been tormenting Paul. Full colour illustrations by Axel Scheffler perfectly capture the droll humour of the stories and this is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read this year. Buy a copy and don’t be surprised if you find readers checking out keyholes in the hope of finding their own Zippel.

Andrea Reece

Zippel The Little Keyhole Ghost Synopsis

Paul returns home from school one day to discover a tiny ghost is living in the keyhole of his front door. He names him Zippel, and the little ghost is curious about everything, from food and clothes to how the toilet flushes! But Paul's parents want to change the locks - can Paul find Zippel a new home in time? Filled with colourful pictures from best-loved illustrator Axel Scheffler, Zippel is a charming story about finding friends in the most unexpected of places. Translated by Rachel Ward.

Zippel The Little Keyhole Ghost Press Reviews

The most exciting book for this age that I have read in yonks. - The Times

A warmhearted story...Illustrations by Axel Scheffler perfectly capture the droll humour of the stories. - Books for Keeps

The jokes sing and we had to stop several times during the story so my giggling six-year-old boy could wipe his eyes dry - The Times, Best Children's Books of 2019

Alex Ruhle has created a warm-hearted, smart children's book which easily lends itself to reading aloud or on one's own. There is a lot of wordplay (not least because Zippel likes to rhyme) and impish slapstick. The brightly coloured comicbook style of Gruffalo-artist Axel Scheffler is a perfect match to the text. A story about family and everyday problems, friendship, courage and a very special little ghost - Donaukurier

This fascinating story contains a lot of wit and has been skillfully illustrated. It is also well suited for reading aloud to children age 6 and up - Zuricher Oberlander

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783448449
Publication date: 2nd September 2021
Author: Alex Ruhle
Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 176 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 1
Topics: Family / Home Stories, Horror & Ghost Stories, Funny, School Stories

About Alex Ruhle

Alex Ruhle (Author) Alex Ruhle was born in 1969, and went on to study Comparative Literature, French, Theology and Philosophy in Munich, Paris and Berlin. He is a renowned journalist and works as a culture editor for Suddeutsche Zeitung. He lives in Munich with his family. Axel Scheffler (Illustrator) Axel Scheffler is an award-winning, internationally-acclaimed illustrator of some of the most well-loved children's books, including The Gruffalo. His books have been published in many languages and his work has been exhibited all around the world.

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