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.
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 * 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 -- Anja Witzke * 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 * The book contains many colourful pictures by Axel Scheffler (The Gruffalo). First and foremost, though, Alex Ruhle's children's book debut impresses with its informal child-friendly narrative style and lots of hilarious ideas. A gem which leaves you wishing for more * Hamburger Morgenpost *