Monday, December 12, 2011

Review: Scary School by Derek the Ghost

Scary School by Derek the Ghost
Amazon 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!
My thoughts:
Original, witty, clever, creative, silly, and a little twisted - all wrapped up in a great little story about what it means to be friends. 
It's filled with scary monsters, crazy humans, terrifying teachers, a bunch of dead kids and a load of life lessons.  The kids will be laughing from the very start.
I enjoyed the story.  It's a bit silly for the adult in me, a bit twisted for the parent in me, and wonderful for the kid in me.  I am sure that this book will be a huge hit with middle schoolers all over!  The illustrations are fantastic.  The characters are wonderful.  The writing is vividly descriptive and oh so clever.  If you enjoy a play on words - this is for you.  
I think it would make for a fun read-aloud and you could use it for a number of different lessons from character building to history and science (never math - you'll understand when you read it).  I love that you can read a secret chapter if you pass Ms. Fang's on-line quiz.  
This is the first in what will be a series by Derek the Ghost.  Don't miss it!