Friday, May 4, 2012
You might not like school – but at least you don’t face the high probability of not returning home alive each day!
Scary School is unlike any other – it’s very teachers pose a serious threat to their students mortality. There’s Ms. Fang, and 850-year-old vampire, Dr. Dragonbreath, a self-explanatory threat with an insistence on following rules, Mr. Snakeskin, a science class teacher that can show students all the different layers of anatomy by using his own half-zombie body, and many, many more.
Then there’s even the high population of Scary students. There’s werewolves and Sasquatch, etc.
So, when Charles Nukid, entirely human, becomes the “New Kid” at Scary School, we follow him as he encounters all sorts of dangerous situations – while finding out Scary School is far more comical than frightening! At least, most of the time…
All the while Derek the Ghost, an eleven-year-old former student of Scary School, narrates the action and lets us in on all kinds of secrets!
Scary School is a funny, eccentric, good-humored and spookily silly tale! It’s ridiculous in a likable way – and definitely great for middle grade readers and anyone who wants a cheerful diversion.
More than a straightforward story, my impression of Scary School was more of a collection of clever short stories with a light horror touch. Kind of like if R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps series had a baby with Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Fun!
This youngin’ focused novel was excellent escapism, even for this older bibliophile. It’s smart, enjoyable, and often hilarious – pointing to a highly entertaining series!
The second Scary School book will be out on June 26th, so I’d recommend gobbling up this one now so you can be ready! Highly recommended for your little brother or sister – but you might want to sneak it for yourself here and there for a good laugh!