“Welcome to Scary School, where human children intermingle with monster kids, the school librarian is a Tyrannosaurus Rex, a giant squid lurks in the school moat, and gargoyles carry off students who loiter on the playground after recess. You may notice that the mortality rate is a little higher...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Welcome to Scary School, where human children intermingle with monster kids, the school librarian is a Tyrannosaurus Rex, a giant squid lurks in the school moat, and gargoyles carry off students who loiter on the playground after recess. You may notice that the mortality rate is a little higher here than most elementary schools. That’s because children are in constant danger of being eaten by the teachers, or accidentally killed in one of Mr. Acidbath’s science experiments, or purposefully maimed by their classmates, or falling prey to Principal Headcrusher’s bone-shattering grip… But that doesn’t mean they have to stay dead. They can always come back to life as a vampire or zombie.
So, why put children in such a hazardous environment? According to Principal Headcrusher, “the more scared children are, the better they learn” (69). Honestly, who wouldn’t be able to improve their test scores if their lives depended on it? Okay, so some teachers may be a little too eager to punish student transgressions (Dr. Dragonbreath, the dragon history teacher, was put on probation last year for eating his entire fifth grade class) but some of the teachers are very kind to students. Take Ms. Fang, for instance. According to the student body, she’s by far the “nicest, sweetest teacher at Scary School” and “only ate twelve kids last year” (13, 15).
Need I say more? Scary School is a clever, kooky, irreverent children’s book that will be enjoyed by anyone who adores Louis Sachar’s Sideways Stories from Wayside School, or Mike Thaler’s Teacher from the Black Lagoon. Recommended for Ages 9-12, but grown-ups may get a kick out of it, too.”
“Check out my review here: http://thepaige-turner.blogspot.com/2012/08/scary-school-by-derek-ghost.html”Paige Turner wrote this review Sunday, September 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Four Stars: A fun collection of stories for young kids.
Derek the Ghost has decided to record the many events and stories of his classmates at Scary School. Derek accidentally died last year in a school fire, but kids who die at Scary School are rarely ever dead. Most return as vampires, zombies, ghosts and other fantastic creatures. Scary School is certainly not your ordinary school. It is a place where monsters and humans go to learn. Always expect the unexpected at this wild and wacky school. Most of all be extra careful, wouldn’t want you to get eaten by a dragon, or T Rex or giant Squid!
What I Liked:
*I was a little surprised that Scary School is not a standard story line, plot driven book. Instead it is set up in multiple short story chapters. Each chapter introduces a student and tells of an adventure or experience at Scary School. Most of the students end up learning a valuable lesson by the end of their chapter. I liked that this book is a collection of stories that come together in a loose story line that basically takes the young reader through the months as they follow each character’s chapter. At the end of the book, all the stories culminate into the Ghoul Games. An event where the students at Scary School must compete against all the other monsters, and if the monsters win they will eat the students. Fear not.... for those of you worried about a dramatic outcome for young readers... all ends up well in the end.
*I loved all the little life lessons at morales that I learned from each of the student’s and their experiences. There are many great ideas for young minds.
*I ended up liking that each story could stand alone as a short story. Perfect for younger readers who are inclined to read a bit each day. This would be a good book to read aloud to children at school or at bedtime each night. Since it is broken up into short story chapters.
*I liked meeting all the unique students, staff and monsters of Scary School as well as exploring the grounds of this interesting school. This book is great for young kids with imaginations! One of my favorite kids was a boy who was never afraid because he believed he was dreaming all the time!
*I absolutely loved the illustrations in this one! They are fantastic and they go perfectly with the stories!
*I liked that the Scary School Website has games and quizzes and many other fun features that tie into the books. Be sure to check out the website, it will enrich your reading experience.
And The Not So Much:
*At first, I was a little alarmed that students were eaten and killed all the time at Scary School, but I was delighted to find that no one is really dead at Scary School. Everyone usually ends up coming back to life in one way or another.
*I wished that Derek the Ghost, the narrator of the book, was better developed. There is just a tiny snippet on him at the beginning and a couple of more paragraphs sprinkled throughout the book, but I wanted a complete chapter on Derek so I could know what kind of boy he was before he died and learn a few more details about him.
*If you are not a fan of paranormal creatures or discussions on death, dying, dragons eating students and people crushing heads, this may not be a good choice for you. The violence is more like cartoon violence, but I know some parents do not like to have any violence in their children’s books. Everything in this book is in good fun, but a keep in mind there are discussions on the above topics in this book.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
“This was so fun to read and the author never let me get bored! It was funny, interesting, mysterious and the author himself gets to interact with the reader! :)”Steph D wrote this review Friday, July 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A fun and slightly scary read for kids. ”Jessica wrote this review Sunday, July 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This novel is quite a clever idea. What happens when you combine a moat, a giant squid, and a twenty-foot T-Rex wearing a blue dress and a blue bonnet? An introduction to Scary School!
The mission of the school is simple: to bring humans and other beings together as one unit, but what happens when a student accidentally calls a teacher by the wrong name? DEATH! No seriously, she drains them because the teacher is a vampire, and she cannot have students call her by the wrong name. But no student of Scary School should attempt to break a rule because the punishment is not worth the price, unless it turns the student into a dragon. Then it becomes a cool price to pay.
Read the rest of my review [a href= "http://bookemadventures.blogspot.com/2012/07/review-scary-school-book-1.html"]here[/a].”
“My favourite book and hope more comes out.”Tyra wrote this review Sunday, June 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Scary School would be the perfect book to read aloud to the class at the beginning of the new school year. As a teacher I’m always looking for that book that will hook my reluctant readers. This is that book. Imagine a school where monsters and humans go to school together. Imagine that all of your teachers are monsters. Hey, the students already think teachers are monsters for giving homework so this isn’t a far stretch of the imagination. Imagine you are on a tour of the school with your tour guide Derick the Ghost. He had died the previous year in a terrible accident at the school. The new kid, Charles Nukid thinks everyone is real friendly when they holler, “Hey new kid”.
The teachers and other members of the school are wonderful to read about. I laughed and laughed when I read about Nurse Hairymoles. She can cure whatever ails you.
However, she makes sure you get something that is even worse.
The Ghoul Games were cool. We are always talking about starting our school year by building community with our students so they learn up front to get along. This book is a subtle way to teach students life lessons such as; no one is better than anyone else just because they are different.
Will I recommend this book to my student? You bet I will. Currently I have an electronic version. However, I will be purchasing a copy for my shelves along with a copy of the sequel “Monsters on the March”. The illustrations by Scott M. Fischer are absolutely wonderful.
Check out the book and then purchase the second one, to be released March 26. This is a definite must read. It is a book both young and old will enjoy.”
“Now you might be thinking that a book for Middle Grade isn't for you. That you're too old to enjoy a book entitled Scary School. That, my friends, is where you'd be wrong. I have no qualms at all with telling you straight out that I adored this book! Yes, I'm in my late twenties. You know what though? Derek the Ghost is one heck of a narrator, and the stories in this book are pure awesome. Fan girl ramblings shall now ensue. You've been warned.
From page one Scary School is pure madness in the best way possible! If you've ever been to Wayside School, you'll know that sometimes the sheer ridiculousness of the stories is what really the draw. I found myself giggling through chapter after chapter of hilarious happenings. The teachers here won't just discipline you, they might actually eat you! Never fear though, you'll probably come back as a zombie, or a vampire, or you know, something else. Your best friend might be named Frank (pronounced Rachel) and you might even get in trouble for reading something you shouldn't have. In a word, being a student at Scary School is, well, scary!
The characters here are all vivid and so much fun. Scott M. Fischer's illustrations really bring them to life, and I found myself laughing out loud over the pictures more than once. After all, who doesn't love a T-rex in a dress? Lest you think that this is all just silliness though, I can assure you that there are actually very important lessons hidden in all the fun. Charles and his friends teach readers to be kind, to listen carefully, to be good friends, and even not to judge people for what they look like. Lessons and laughs? How can you go wrong?
If you have a reluctant reader at home, this is a book to put into their hands. The stories will make them laugh, the illustrations will delight them, and I'll guarantee that you won't be able to get them to stop talking about how funny it all is. I will happily admit that I'm a fan. Derek, you have me on board. I'm ready for more!”