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.
Alex Rühle 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 Süddeutsche Zeitung. He lives in Munich with his family.
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.
The most exciting book for this age that I have read in yonks.
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
Alex Rühle 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
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