The Chocolate Factory Ghost

The Chocolate Factory Ghost

David O'Connell,

The Chocolate Factory Ghost

(The Dundoodle Mysteries 1)

Bloomsbury, 2018

ISBN 9781408887066

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Who Wrote It?

David is a writer and illustrator living in South London, UK. He works mostly in children’s books, particularly humorous picture books and young fiction.

His first book was Monster & Chips, the first of a series of funny (and revolting) adventures of ‘hooman’ Joe Shoe whilst working at the Monster Diner of friendly monster Fuzzby Bixington.

He then collaborated with the brilliant Sarah McIntyre on the picture book Jampires, inspired by a comic they improvised together – a comic ‘jam’! After illustrating the Creature Teacher series by writer Sam Watkins, he worked with illustrator Francesca Gambatesa on a series of picture books all about families, as well as illustrating Boyband of the Apocalypse books for funny writer Tom Nicoll.

His latest series is the Dundoodle Mysteries, tales of spooky adventure in the strange little town of Dundoodle, illustrated by Claire Powell.

What's It About?

Archie McBudge knows his lucky underpants must really work, because when he and his mum are summoned to Honeystone Hall in the remote Scottish village of Dundoodle, they find Archie has inherited not only the enormous hall, but the whole of the world-famous McBudge Confectionery Company from Great-Uncle Archibald.

That’s a new home, a fortune and a lifetime’s supply of treats rolled into one! But all is not well in Dundoodle, and when Archie reads the mysterious letter his great-uncle left him, he finds himself on a quest to save his family’s company from ruin. With the help of his new friends Fliss and Billy, Archie has to try to figure out the puzzles of Honeystone before his sweet future melts away like an ice lolly in the sun! Fans of How to Train Your Dragon and Tilly and the Time Machine will be hungry for this delicious mystery full of weird clues, strange creatures, malevolent relatives and lots and lots of SWEETS!

Fact File

David was a biochemist in a hospital laboratory and an IT support techie guy in a department store chain for a number of years.

He has a wonky right eye that has a bit of a life of its own, and sometimes it looks like he’s not looking at you… but honestly he is.

He is a Doctor. Not a medical doctor, but the mad science kind. He calls himself Dr O’Connell when he wants to feel important.

You can find out more about David on his website http://davidoconnell.uk or follow him on Twitter @davidoconnell.

Your Reviews

Abdul from Hunslet st Mary's CofE PRIMARY SCHOOL:

This book stood out to me because it was mysteries, full of secrets.If David O'connell writes another book i would read it.my favourite characters were portia and george because they well fed ,fat and funny also sneaky.i also liked this book because of its similies and Archie's great uncle Archibald.

Abdul gave The Chocolate Factory Ghost 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Erin from Hunslet St Mary's C of E Primary School:

The Chocolate Factory Ghost is a fantastic, extraodinary book because every chapter there is a new mystery to be solved by Archie McBudge and his friends. [Fliss and Billy] The chapters about the quest were exciting to read because everytime I turned the page something brand new was awaiting me . Archibald McBudge the core of the mysteries, sometimes pulled funny faces through the painting. Archie thought he was hallucinating but then again, another mystery....

Erin gave The Chocolate Factory Ghost 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

deacon from HUNSLET ST MARYS C OF E PRIAMARY SCHOOL :

THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY GHOST STOOD OUT TO ME BECAUSE IT WAS A BRILLIANT ,MYSTERIOST BOOK AND I WOULD READ MORE BOOKS BY HIM BECAUSE IT WAS INTRESTING BY THE NAMES OF PEOPLE [MISS PUNDINGHAM PYE]AND THE SWEET [CHEWOCHOCOCHUNK].ARCHIE AND HIS FREINDS[FLISS AND BILLY]WENT ON AN ADVENTURE TO FIND THE SECRET INGREDIANT TO BECOME A REAL MCBUDGE.

deacon gave The Chocolate Factory Ghost 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

lexi from Hunslet St Mary's C of E Primary School:

The reason this book stood out to me is because the title of the book is very different to anything i have seen or read before.This book would be great for you if you enjoy and love mystery and adventure stories.The thing i admired the most about this book was the quest that archie and his two friends went on to find the secret to become a real Mcbudge.

lexi gave The Chocolate Factory Ghost 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

skye from Hunslet.St Marys Cof E Primary School:

This book is a very adventrous book and mysterious.The front cover made us choose it because it is very colourful and very different to the other books.The Chocolate Factory Ghost, has lots of amazing parts and some parts are mysterious.Archie (the main character)never gave up he kept trying and trying and it worked out in the end.In my opinion this is a excellent.

skye gave The Chocolate Factory Ghost 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson.

Hannah from Raynville Primary School:

I think The Chocolate Factory Ghost is a great book about a kid who inherits everything from his great grandpa. I would recommend it for people that like books about mystery.

Hannah gave The Chocolate Factory Ghost 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Charlie from Farsley Farfield Primary School:

I really enjoyed this book because I love the mystery element and the children having to find all the clues to get to the secret ingredient. I like all the magical cretures in Dundoodle. I think that Fliss and I would be good friends if we met in real life. It is the fastest I have ever read a book. I would definitly recommend this book!

Charlie gave The Chocolate Factory Ghost 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Dragon Daughter by Liz Flanagan.

Dylan from Southroyd Primary School:

i really enjoyed the book because of how funny it is and i also think that its also mysterious and i would really like too read more books from David O'Connell.

Dylan gave The Chocolate Factory Ghost 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant.

Aoife from Calverley C of E primary school :

This book is about a boy called Archie who is left in his great uncle's will a sweet factory . I really liked this book especially the mystery element. I would recommend this book to people who like mysteries. I am also looking forward to when the next one in this series comes out.

Aoife gave The Chocolate Factory Ghost 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Daniel from Calverley C of E primary school :

I really like this book it always made me want to find out more about it and the characters were intriguing.

Daniel gave The Chocolate Factory Ghost 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.

Soha from Calverely :

This book was quite good.The reason is because it is very adventurous.I like the way they use sweets in the places you could not imagine.

Soha gave The Chocolate Factory Ghost 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day by Christopher Edge.

Z from Green Lane Primary Academy:

The Chocolate Factory Ghost is written by David O’Connell. It’s a fiction book and good for ages 8-10; about a boy who inherits a fortune, a big house and a chocolate factory! However, life isn’t just sweets and chocolate, Archie McBudge is left a quest to prove he is a McBudge. But someone is trying to stop him. Archie is a determined person who does not give up on a task.

I liked the sweets theme as it makes you sink into the world of treats. There was nothing I didn’t like about this book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loved reading, Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory book.

Z gave The Chocolate Factory Ghost 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Brightstorm by Vashti Hardy.