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Scary School by Derek the Ghost

I’m really not sure where to begin when describing Scary School by Derek the Ghost! There are so many things to love!   I found the story to be insanely funny and the illustrations added to the hilarity.  My only concern is that the story was a tad bit too long; I kept wondering what would be left to tell in the sequels.

If you’re like me, An Unconventional Librarian, you will appreciate Mrs. T, the T-Rex librarian who wears a blue dress.  What’s conventional about that? Nothing and I LOVE it!

Do you know what else I love about Scary School? Principal Headcrusher.  Not only is the character obviously African American, but, with the exception of her freakishly large hands, displays common African American features.  Additionally, she is not just a side character, but a main character, which is important for young readers of color to witness.  LOVE!

My favorite scene in the story is the retelling of the three little pigs performed by the goblins of Goblin Hill.  You know you’re in for a treat of a story when the opening line says that each little pig has an advanced degree in architecture.  I chuckled each time the wolf blew down the goblin’s house the wolf danced to distract the children from the moaning of the injured goblins. The story finishes:

And so all the pigs were eaten by the wolf, as is the correct nature of the food chain. Even the smartest pig on Earth is no match for a hungry wolf who has connections in the demolition business.

I couldn’t stop chuckling!

Derek the Ghost is on to something here, and I can’t wait to read the next installments (hint, hint).

I wonder if I can get a blue dress like Mrs. T the librarian?

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Scary School #2: Monsters on the March

Now that you’re familiar with Scary School, let’s discuss the new and exciting SS2: Monsters on the March (cue scary ghosty type boosic) !

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.

In this clever, funny sequel to the frighteningly hilarious Scary School, Charles, Penny Possum, Dr. Dragonbreath, and all the students and teachers prove that scary monsters are no match for Scary School!

 

Now, go back and look at the brilliance of the colors in the cover illustrations! Who wouldn’t want to go to that school with Derek the Ghost?

This book drops June 26th, don’t wait to get it to add it to your summer reading pile!

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Children Reviews

Scary School by Derek the Ghost

I’m really not sure where to begin when describing Scary School by Derek the Ghost! There are so many things to love!   I found the story to be insanely funny and the illustrations added to the hilarity.  My only concern is that the story was a tad bit too long; I kept wondering what would be left to tell in the sequels.

If you’re like me, An Unconventional Librarian, you will appreciate Mrs. T, the T-Rex librarian who wears a blue dress.  What’s conventional about that? Nothing and I LOVE it!

Do you know what else I love about Scary School? Principal Headcrusher.  Not only is the character obviously African American, but, with the exception of her freakishly large hands, displays common African American features.  Additionally, she is not just a side character, but a main character, which is important for young readers of color to witness.  LOVE!

My favorite scene in the story is the retelling of the three little pigs performed by the goblins of Goblin Hill.  You know you’re in for a treat of a story when the opening line says that each little pig has an advanced degree in architecture.  I chucked each time the wolf blew down the goblin’s house the wolf danced to distract the children from the moaning of the injured goblins. The story finishes:

And so all the pigs were eaten by the wolf, as is the correct nature of the food chain. Even the smartest pig on Earth is no match for a hungry wolf who has connections in the demolition business.

I couldn’t stop chuckling!

Derek the Ghost is on to something here, and I can’t wait to read the next installments (hint, hint).

I wonder if I can get a blue dress like Mrs. T the librarian?

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It’s Monday! What are YOU Reading?

It’s Monday and I took a little hiatus to play along with the blogging from A to Z challenge!

I would now like to resume playing with with Sheila at Book Journey.

Here’s the haps:

Last week I read

I am Forbidden by Anouk Markovitz

 http://amzn.to/2gkEMME

and

Make it Stay by Joan Frank

This week I will be reading:

The Summer My Life Began by Shannon Greenland

and Scary School by Derek the Ghost

What are YOU reading this week?