Published by Pan Macmillan

Ottoline and the Yellow Cat: ISBN 9781405050579

Ottoline goes to School ISBN 9781405050586

Ottoline at Sea ISBN 9781405050593

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse / Hardback / ISBN 9780230759800

Goth Girl and the Fete worse than Death / Hardback /  ISBN 978 0230759824

Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright / Hardback / ISBN 978 1447277897

Goth Girl and the Pirate Queen /  Paperback / ISBN 978 1447282417

My first piece of advice is to buy all these books in hardback. Macmillan have out done themselves with the hardback editions. They really are some of the nicest well produced volumes for this group (actually for any age group) and make superb gifts. They really are very special.

The first book was Ottoline and the Yellow Cat – the red one. Then follows Ottoline Goes to School, the purple, and last, but certainly not least is Ottoline goes to Sea (blue and my favourite – because of the manatees)Each book has an additional bit – one has a selection of stickers in the back, another has some special goggles and one has postcards. The books are filled – absolutely to the top with Chris Riddell’s superb illustrations. Some pages have no text all, others just a little. Some pictures have little notes all over them. They are glorious for those young ladies (these really are for young ladies, I’m afraid) who are just ‘getting their feet’ with reading – so the odd page which is totally given over to illustration is wonderful. To be read with an adult or not, depending on how confident you are – they really are gems – gorgeous.

The paperbacks, by their very generic existence, in comparison to the hardback are nice, but nothing like as gorgeous and satisfying as the hardbacks. The stories are fun and clever too. You really can’t go wrong with these.

Then came The Goth Girl books – three regular novels in hardback, and one of those World Book Day books as a small ‘extra’ in paperback – Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse, Goth Girl and the Fete worse than Death, Goth Girl and The Wuthering Fright (this is not yet published – 24th September 2015) and Goth Girl and the Pirate Queen.
It is to be hoped that the publishers never degenerate the hardbacks to paperback as they have with the Ottoline books.

These hardbacks have sumptuous end papers (see above and below) and are again filled with illustration. They are for older readers without a doubt – there are references to literary ‘master-pieces’ – Moby Dick for one, but it is once again the plots and the pure design and beauty of these books that will give as much pleasure as the stories themselves. Buy these too, in hardback, before they do something dreadful with them – Once paperbacks are produced, it is often the case that the hardbacks die-out/become extinct and really that just would not do.

If you are wondering if you should purchase any of these now, because your daughter is a little young for them yet, I suggest you buy them as an investment for the future. They really are wonderful – both the Ottoline  and The Goth Girl books. Buy them in hardback whilst you may. There are after all only five of them…and not only do the Goth Girl volumes (the hardbacks, published so far) have the wonderful end papers, but they also have their edges purple or red (depending on the title) – as special books used to be gilded – so ‘all edges purpled/red’ – what more could anyone want?

NB. On revisiting this post it seems my pictures are not being displayed. My only advice, since I can’t seem to get WordPress to do so, is to find them as soon as you can and buy them. The publishers will without doubt one day decide the hardbacks are too expensive , and then if you haven’t bought them, you will certainly regret it.

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