Saturday, December 10, 2011

Review: Scary School

Author: Derek the Ghost
Publication Date: June 21, 2011
Age: Middle Grade
Pages:256 pp.
(print copy)
Format: PDF
Rating: 4 stars  
Received from: Author for honest review
Book Description 
You think your school's scary?
Get a load of these teachers:
Ms. Fang, an 850-year-old vampire
Dr. Dragonbreath , who just might eat you before recess
Mr. Snakeskin —science class is so much more fun when it's taught by someone who's half zombie
Mrs. T —break the rules and spend your detention with a hungry Tyrannosaurus rex!
Gargoyles, goblins, and Frankenstein's monster on the loose The world's most frighteningly delicious school lunch
The narrator's an eleven-year-old ghost!
Join Charles "New Kid" Nukid as he makes some very Scary friends—including Petunia, Johnny, and Peter the Wolf—and figures out that Scary School can be just as funny as it is spooky!

This is a place straight out of a the imagination of a child. I could visually see them sitting at a desk thinking and seeing the teachers and some of the students as monsters. At scary school you have very likely chance to be eaten by your teachers  but not die....No, you will return as a vampire, zombie or even better a fire-breathing dragon. Who wouldn't love that! Some adults may find some humor in the antics or think they are just silly, but the intended age group will love it. The good about this book is that throughout each chapter there is lesson about character, such as the little girl who felt she was too pretty to play with anyone ugly only to realize that you can't judge by one's appearance. When you do read this, there is a blood transfusion scene that I thought was just plain craziness but in retrospect I guess is sorta funny. The only bad thing about the book, and this is just my personal thing is I didn't like being told about something only to not be told about it. Well, in several parts of the book the author mentions something only to say it will be discussed later or in the next book. However, for a child this is minor thing and I think they will love the book as well as the illustrations, which are fantastic. This will be a great read for the reluctant reader and most especially boys.

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