Thursday, October 25, 2012

Scary School, Monsters on the March, by Derek the Ghost- Review

From Goodreads:
As winners of last year's Ghoul Games, the students of Scary School are off to Monster Forest. School may be scary, but the forest has a few frights of its own, including:

Bearodactyls—so terrifying we can't even show you pictures of them
Princess Zogette, the Monster King's toad-faced daughter, who falls for Charles Nukid . . . hard
Captain Pigbeard, fearsome leader of the Monster-Pirates and Princess Zogette's fiancÉ (well, former fiancÉ, thanks to Charles)
And when Zogette follows Charles to Scary School, the Monster King and Captain Pigbeard raise their armies and chase after her. But the monsters have no idea who—or what—they're dealing with.

What can I say? If you liked Scary School, then Monsters on the March is going to tickle your funny bone.  Filled with more of the same wacky humour, fabulous sketches and stories filled with good ol' fashioned mayhem, this is a book I can guarantee will be a winner with middle grade readers.  But it also has some excellent sly humour directed at older readers to, with my favourite being the play on Stephen King with Steven Kingsley and his fear of practically everything.

Once again Derek the Ghost tells a bigger epic through well proportioned, one bite antidotes and short segues.  This makes for an imminently readable story for the younger or more reluctant readers.  It also makes it a great read-a-long book, one I can imagine reading to a younger audience at bedtime.

Like Scary School before it, the line between scary and funny is carefully tread, so although there's lots of scary characters I wouldn't think it would be overtly scary to readers, especially of the younger persuasion.  Even better yet, there's now an interactive Scary School website to keep the good times going after the books are finished.  In fact, aspiring young writers are encouraged to drop by the site and write their own spooky story to be shared, in the introduction to Monsters on the March.

Excellent good fun that I sincerely think you should be sharing with the younger readers in your life.

Scary School, Monsters on the March, by Derek the Ghost
Published by HarperCollins, June 26th, 2012
Buy Scary School: Monsters on the March on Amazon


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