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, and Mrs. T - break the rules and spend your detention with a hungry Tyrannosaurus Rex!
Plus: Gargoyles, goblins, and Frankenstein's monster on the loose! The world's most frighteningly delicious school lunch! And the narrator's an 11-year-old ghost!
Join Charles "New Kid" Nukid as he makes some very Scary friends-including Petunia, Johnny, and Peter the Wolf-and figures out that Scary School can be just as funny as it is spooky!
©2011 HarperCollins (P)2016 Derek Taylor Kent
The song at the end is great! Wish I could purchase the song for my kids playlists! My son had me
Play 7 times in a row on the car ride...would have been more but we were home. The books is wonderfully written and the narrator was PERFECT for this story. Truly brought the characters and the fell of the story straight to you. One of the bet children's chapter books
I have ever read or listened to. Can't wait for the rest!!! Already sent this book to some friends with kids same age as mine! I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookboom in exchange for an unbiased review.
Scary School is a middle grade paranormal fantasy heavy on the humor and lighthearted situations, even though it’s methods are a little unorthodox.
Our story teller is Derek the Ghost, who take more of an observance role than anything else and who tells us about a year at Scary School. This is the year that the Ghoul Games are to take place, and Derek gives us a look at the events that lead up to the event. Scary School is a bit…weird, in a good way. It’s the first human/monster hybrid school ever and the students range from the rule following kid next door to a basketball playing werewolf, and the teachers are more likely to eat their students than actually teach them something. In fact kids tend to find out mortality isn’t exactly something that sticks in Scary School, each death giving them a chance to learn a new lesson…like don’t make a vampire teacher mad, or follow all the rules in the 9 foot dragon’s class or else. It’s a super fun novel,with some great humor. There was a portion with something called Monster Math that basically felt like my entire history with math, and I really enjoyed that quite a bit. I also really loved Petunia’s chapter, and I think that one really took the cake for being both creepy and really cool all at the same time. I do feel that the Ghoul Games happened too quickly though, I wanted a bit more about them but I did enjoy seeing the monster’s go up against mostly normal kids. I can definitely see why kids are loving this series. It brings that creepy factor kids tend to enjoy (hello goosebumps) and turns it into a bit of lighthearted fun! I will say that the writing for this one a bit on the simple side so it could work well with 4th through 6th grade reading levels.
The audio was a bit of fun as well, and would be great for kids. The reader is actually the author and he knows his characters well, and is pretty energetic in the delivery. He knows when to go for laughs, and I know of few kids who would really enjoy this audio. I will say that he’s not my favorite reader though. But again, I think he did a great job with delivery for a story marketed towards kids.
I really think this author is on to something with this series, and I do think I’ll be finding the next books in the series to read. It seems like it could be a rather fun ride
I received a copy of this book through Audiobook Boom for free in exchange for my honest review. I was not paid or bribed for this review.
I found this story to be different. I am not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. There were parts that were really annoying ("more about that in book 2", "more about that in another book"...).
A quick synopsis: This story takes place at an elementary school for human kids and scary kids (werewolves, sasquatch, zombies, vampires) are taught by dragons, t-rex, giants, vampires, and other scary individuals. This particular story hosts the Ghoul Games in which scary kids from other scary schools come to Scary School to compete in various games (jump rope, playing dead, checkers, etc). The book is written by a "kid" who was killed during a fear gas fire and turned into a ghost, named Derek. The book is also narrated by Derek the Ghost.
I requested a review copy because I work with children, and I am always on the lookout for great books that my clients would like to listen to whenever we are on a long car ride. I think for the age group this book targets, it is enjoyable. My big qualm with it is that it just didn't feel like much happened. I started listening to it, and before I knew it, the whole story was finished but nothing much happened. It had a climax, as books do, but I just expected more. I felt that this book had promise and it could have really delivered, but missed out somewhere. I wish that this book had more about the Ghoul Games in it. I felt that section of the book was too short. Most of the book is focused on various events leading up to the particular games, but falls short once it is the time for Ghoul Games to begin.
If my clients would like to listen, I would let them. It was clean, good, fun for kids. I will probably listen to all of the books, just because I have that tendency when there are multiples.
“This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”
I wanted to listen to this book to see if it would be a good recommendation for our MS library. I must say it was a fun, slightly tilted tale of a school. Teachers that are monsters, creatures and other strange staff "educate" the students. The names are absolutely hilarious !!
Yes I'm recommending this book.
The narration was well done. The characters were excellently portrayed.
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