Sunday, July 8, 2012
by Derek the Ghost
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!
Plus gargoyles, goblins, and Frankenstein's monster on the loose, the world's most frighteningly delicious school lunch, and 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! (description from Amazon.com)
What a cute start to a new "scary" but not too scary series. This would be great for kids who are desperate to read Stine's Goosebumps series, but perhaps aren't quite ready yet. Then this would also segue really well into these same kids reading Harrison's Monster High series when they got a little older.
With scary, but funny teachers, a weirdly fascinating and dangerous school, and kid characters that you immediately want to befriend, this book was a quick and FUN read! Narrator and ghost, Derek, walks us through the school year, introducing both teachers and classmates. I loved that there was a girl named Frank (that's pronounced RACHEL!) and that the school Librarian is a dinosaur and that the gourmet school lunches are cooked up by a giant octopus! One of my favorite scenes was when the half-dead sports coach gives a special anatomy lesson by peeling off his skin so that students can see his internal organs!
With a surprisingly good "moral" about friendship, Scary School begins a series that is sure to find fans among the chapterbook set! Book two, Monsters on the March also just came out on June 26th.
Full disclosure: Review copy set to me by the author