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Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost (Ghosthunters #1)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  1,000 ratings  ·  137 reviews
Nine-year-old Tom can't catch a break: He's a klutz, his sister Lola pretty much hates his guts, and--and this is a BIG "and"--he just found a ghost camping out in his cellar. Lucky for Tom his grandma's best friend just happens to be the world's foremost ghosthunter. Under her expert tutelage, Tom learns the tools of the trade--which just happen to include buckets of grav ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by Chicken House (first published 1993)
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Tanja Voosen
Im Keller von Tom lebt ein Geist - Wie soll er denn nur los werden? Mit Hilfe von der Geister-Expertin Frau Kümmelsaft kein Problem! Von Cornelia Funke habe ich bisher wirklich fast alles gelesen und auch dieses Buch war einfach total schön und niedlich und perfekt für Kinder geeignet. Es ist ein spaßiges, witziges Abenteuer, das einem einfachen Plot folgt, dadurch zwar nicht überrascht, aber wirklich eine Menge Spaß einbringt. Mit den wundervollen Illustrationen von Fréderic Bertrand wird die S ...more
Finally, I resume reading through the works of Cornelia Funke. I fell in love with the Inkheart series. Devoured Dragon Rider. Inhaled Reckless. Delighted in Thief Lord. I wonder if the translators are catching up with her smaller works now.
The Ghosthunters series is enjoyable for all ages, yet, I found them in the young children's section, perhaps (as is not always obvious why they choose one area over another), perhaps because they are shorter, who knows.
As ever, she takes a known idea and ta
Stefanie Hasse
Tom soll im Keller Orangensaft besorgen. Obwohl er sich vor den Spinnen und all dem Zeug in dem düsteren Keller fürchtet, stapft er los.
Doch kaum, dass er den Keller betreten hat, platzt die Glühbirne und eine eiskalte Hand scheint ihn zu packen.
Gerade noch mit dem Leben davongekommen, erzählt er seinen Eltern und seiner großen Schwester von dem Gespenst – doch alle lachen ihn nur aus. Bis auf seine Oma, die Tom zu einer Freundin schickt, die sich mit „solchen Sachen“ auskennt…

This was a cute, fun book--easy to read, with fun pictures and plenty of humor.
Cornelia Funke has always been an author I enjoy, and this book was no exception. It's a little more lighthearted than the other works I've read, but it has the same well-developed feel to it. This isn't just a book about a boy who happens upon a ghost and gets caught up in trying to be the G-rated version of an exorcist. It's a book about a clever and kind little boy who gets in over his head but doesn't let that stop him from trying to do the right thing. Tom is a playful hero, the kind of guy ...more
Marie Gentilcore
The kids and I listened to this one on audiobook. We had just finished the audiobook of Goosebumps Horrorland #4. And, since the Goosebumps books seem to have a lot of drama to them and this one had more of a slow build up to it, they wanted to quit. I convinced them to listen to the first chapter first before quitting and they were glad they did. They really enjoyed this story of Tom and the beginnings of his ghost hunting. It was very well written and had a variety of interesting characters pl ...more
Saskia Marijke Niehorster-Cook
I met Antje and Achim while touring the Scrips Hospital in San Diego, where we were to deliver our second children. During the tour we four of us talked a lot, and when we all got into the elevator to go up a floor and see the maternity wing, they told the tour guide that they had to go because they were running late to be somewhere else. We were at the back of the elevator, and Malcolm and I looked at each other as if checking to see that we both had felt this good connection with them, and in ...more
Check out my really creepy video and the rest of my review-

Are you ready for some graveyard- digging fun? Well, then you should read Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost! by Cornelia Funke. Now let's get to my summary!

Tom has a ghost in his cellar, but nobody believes him. Finally, Tom tells his grandma. His grandma has a friend named Hetty Hyssop, and she's Ghosthunter. Hetty can catch any ghost she sees!

The cellar ghost's name is Hugo. Hugo t
Elinor  Loredan
A fun read. Tom is such a funny, endearing hero with his awkwardness and mishaps, so he makes a good team with straight-talking Hetty Hessop and the also-endearing ghost Hugo.

The first half of the book I was really into because the characters were good company. When the villain of the book (besides Lola, that is, who is deliciously cowed at the end), the IRG, enters, things get less absorbing. Perhaps it's the incessant howling, because the IRG is more ludicrous than truly menacing--rather bori
Nine year old Tom is kind of clumsy and his older sister isn't very nice to him and as if things couldn't get worse for Tom he finds something in the cellar of his family's house. What Tom finds is a ghost...Yes, a ghost and he's not sure what to do about it.
Tom decides to call his Grandmother, figuring she will know what to do. His Grandmother gives him the number of her friend, Hattie, who is a world famous ghost hunter.

Hattie teaches Tom how to get rid of the ghost in the cellar. Tom goes to
In Kürze/In (Very) Short:

+ lustige und spannende Geistergeschichte
+ wunderschöne Illustrationen
+ einfache Methoden zur Geisterbekämpfung, die für jeden zugänglich sind
+ sympathische und lustige Charaktere (mit wunderbaren Namen)

+ funny and exiting ghost story
+ beautiful illustrations
+ great, simple, and easily accessible methods to ward of ghosts
+ sympathetic and funny characters

Meinung/My Opinion:

Cornelia Funke ist eine der bekanntesten Kinder- und Jugendbuch Autoren Deutschlands. Nachdem ich i
I got these books when I was little and I still enjoy reading it and the rest of the series. The characters feel real, as do the ghosts. I would also like to point out that Cornelia Funke (apparently) invented her own ghost hunting methods, such as the raw eggs, along with a whole ghost-naming system and various institutions, which are more prominent in the following books. All in all, another great installment from one of my favorite authors.
Christine Crawford
I thought this was cute and the kids loved it. It's just the right amount of scary to be exciting but not cause nightmares for my 4 and 6 year-olds. They do use words like "stupid" and "idiot" a lot, which my kids say too much already so I tried to skip over them a bit.

As an update, I read the next three in the series. My son continued to love them, but I didn't think they were as good. The characters suddenly start to be kind of mean to each other for no reason and the stories start to make no
I've enjoyed Funke's longer books, so I thought I'd read a book from her "Ghosthunters" series. I'm not generally a big fan of ghost stories, but the kids at my library are, and this series seems like a good fit for kids who want scary, but not too scary. This one is leavened with humor. Perhaps a good recommendation for readers who also enjoy Geronimo Stilton books.
A lively and entertaining tale of how young Tom manages , with help, to tame a ghost who is haunting his house, and make it his friend, and how they foil a larger , more threatening ghost . He and his sister are aided by an expert ghost hunter and witchy women. There's goo, icky ness, scary ness, mess, magic , daring and humour.
Very enjoyable.
My first read of the author's work so I will try more.
Originally published in 1993 and only a few of the illustrations by Funke give this away. Republished
Alyssa Calhoun
Tom has discovered a ghost living in his basement. His family thinks he's crazy, but luckily for him his grandmother is best friends with Hetty, the world famous ghosthunter. But, when Tom finds out that the ghost living in his basement is just an ASG (averagely spooky ghost) and that it's living there because it got spooked out of its own house by an IRG (incredibly revolting ghost). The only way to get rid of the ASG is to take on the IRG and get rid of it once and for all. Tom is scared, but ...more
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
The kids really liked this one. Quick read. Tom is scared of many things, and then meets a ghost in the cellar. His grandma introduces him to her friend, a ghosthunter. Tom shows some promise and is soon faces a truly terrible ghost.

This is an incredibly cute story that captivated not only my five and eight year-old, but also me. I honestly picked this audio book off the shelf because I saw that Cornelia Funke wrote it, I didn't even glance at the title until I got home. I popped it in the car for the kids to listen to, and they LOVED it! It's the cute story of Hugo, an ASG (Averagely Spooky Ghost) who gets run out of the house he's been haunting for the last 150 years by an IRG (Incredibly Revolting Ghost)and then takes ov ...more
There are shades of Ghostbusters in this book, so of course I loved it. It's also a great book about sibling relationships, coming of age, trust and bravery, and an all around good story.
Well that was interesting. The book was most certainly written for the audiences of those who have yet to have devolved body parts and have voiced drop. But still, I remember seeing these books in scholastic magazine, back in the day when my family used to actually order from it. I had always wanted to read them but was "too young" for them.

In this particular story, I liked the idea of having a ghost that is your best friend, despite being slimed and scared half to death all time.
In this litera
Rick Sand
I received a recommendation to check this book out. I read it pretty quick and enjoyed it. Ms. Funke sets up a very creative, fun world full of ghosts and ghost hunting. There are different classifications of ghosts and different methods for handling each type. Some of it seems arbitrary such as the color red causing ghosts distress, but the way Funke works that into Hetty Hyssop's home adds a lot to character and setting while establishing a tool in the ghost-hunting arsenal. There's a bit of h ...more
This book took me right back to my childhood in Germany. Yes, our house had a cellar full of spiders (and monsters!) as well. And yes, no one would ever believe me they were there. There was no bigger punishment for me at the time than being sent to the cellar to get some bottles of water or juice. (Many Germans have a cellar in which they keep drinks, potatoes, apples - and anything else that needs cool storage.) So I had an immediate connection with Tom. Fortunately, he gets some help in hunti ...more
Jen Bojkov
Good, mildly scary, but with humorous moments too. Maybe 2nd-4th grade? First in a series.
Nov 21, 2014 Julie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Julie by: Jeremy Hart
Fairly spooky book with vibrant characters. I really liked the step-by-step ghost hunting instructions.
I enjoy everything Mrs. Funke has written. I can not wait to read book 2.
I love it so far! I think that Lola is being a little mean and rude and should understand her brother. If I were in that cellar, I'd be scared too. Then agin, he is 9 yeras old, not 5. I think the author did a good job describing how Tom felt when the ghost caught him. I could almost fell the ghost cathing me! I hope the book gets better. I read on the back that Tom's grandma's friend is a famous ghosthunter. She sounds pretty cool.I think her name is Hetty Hyssop. She sounds wierd and cool at t ...more
Feb 17, 2012 Ignas rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Kids. Ages 6-10
This book has a special place in my heart, because this is the book that started me reading. I have read this book long time ago.

What i like:
1. Characters are great. They're funny and crazy, especially Hetty.
2. The story was griping for me when i was a kid.
3. Good book for kids who don't read, because this book helped me to start reading.

What i didn't like:
1. The book was too short.

In conclusion, the book is great for little kids. This book is easy to read and can make non-reader to reader.
This was so fun, short, and such an enjoyable read. I listened to the audio book and I have to say that John Beach really made this book. I have a done a lot of audio books in my time and he is one of the best I've heard.
Christine Gaskins
A guide to ghost, and a career in ghost hunting.
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Cornelia Funke is a multiple award-winning German illustrator and storyteller, who writes fantasy for all ages of readers. Amongst her best known books is the Inkheart trilogy. Many of Cornelia's titles are published all over the world and translated into more than 30 languages. She has two children, two birds and a very old dog and lives in Los Angeles, California.
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