{Book Review} Scary School by Derek the Ghost

July 15, 2012 Reviews 3

Scary School by Derek the Ghost

Hardcover237 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by HarperCollins

Age Group: MG
Source: Author
Series: Scary School #1
Challenge(s): Ebook challenge, 150+ reading challenge,  TBR pile challenge, Dusty Reads Challenge
Buy this Book:Amazon
Summary(from Goodreads):

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
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.

This book is so much fun! When I was a kid, I used to read the Wayside School books. It was about a school that was built on its side, so instead of being 1 story with all the classrooms on the same floor it was 30 stories with one classroom per floor. And the books would tell stories of all the wacky kids and teachers that went to school there. It was one of my favorite books to read as a kid, and Scary School is just like it! Too funny for words. I loved learning about each of the kids, monsters and teachers at scary school.

Each chapter would focus on a different person and the chapters flowed seemlessly to the next scary school inhabitant. This was done even better than it was in wayside school books. Sometimes thos chapters would be enjoyable but a bit disjointed (not that I ever noticed that as a kid) but here Derek the Ghost perfectly links each monster with the next.

I think Scary School is the perfect read for any kid, or adult! It is so entertaining and there are tons of pop culture references for the older audience and I thought they were hilarious. One in particular that stood out with was with the T-Rex Mrs. T. She showed up in a bunch of chapters, and she even had her own chapter. I enjoyed reading all about the smart dino but then in the end when she busted out a “I pity the fool” mr. T line- I actually laughed out loud. And there are laughs like this on every page. Scary School is fun for everyone. This book is such a hit!

4.5/5 Gavels

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3 Responses to “{Book Review} Scary School by Derek the Ghost”

  1. Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings

    I have never heard of the Wayside books, they sounds fun, I will have to look them up. i am excited to hear this was a fun read. I just won a cooy and received the second for review from the author, looking forward to reading them both!

  2. Howard Sherman

    Scary School sounds exactly like the kind of book my daughter would enjoy, even though it’s a little above her reading level.

    I’m right now reading a chapter from The Cupcake Club every night and she’s really into it. I think Scary School will be next!

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