Thursday, November 1, 2012

Scary School 2: Monsters on the March: Book Review

The students of Scary School are back (at least those who survived their teachers from the last year). After winning last year’s Ghoul Games, they have been invited to the Monster Forest to meet the Monster King, Zog the Terrible. 

Their trip starts out on the wrong foot when Charles Nukid is lost in the Monster Forest. There he rescues Princess Zogette, daughter of King Zog, who falls hard for Charles. Unfortunately, this angers Zogette's finance, Captain Pighead, which sets into motion a mad monster frenzy.

In the meantime, the students of Scary School do nothing to help Charles Nukid's cause with a series of their own missteps which anger King Zog. When Zogette follows Charles to Scary School, King Zog wages war on the entire school. 

Derek the Ghost, AKA Derek Taylor Kent, brings the clever and imaginative world of Scary School back in Monsters on the March with more creepy and hilarious monsters that will have the middle grade readers shivering with fear between bouts of body shaking laughter. Adults will enjoy the humorous references to some classic scary movies that the younger reader might miss. The talented Scott M. Fisher brings the story to life with lifelike illustrations full of personality. The print version captures the essence of the illustrations in a way the electronic version can't. A beloved series for boys and girls that will have them anxiously waiting for the next installment. Recommended + (4.5 out of 5) for the reader who loves monsters and humor.

Publishing Information:

  • Publisher: Harper Collins (June 2012)
  • Pages: 256 (hardcover)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061960956 
  • Ages: 8 and up

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