Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Book Review: Monsters on the March (Scary School #2)

Media Type: Print Book
Title: Monsters on the March
   * Series: Scary School #2
Author: Derek the Ghost
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: Hardcover; 256
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Source: Author
Content Screening: Nothing of note.

HDB Rating: 5 Keys to My Heart

Recommended to: Readers who love to reads that are a bit creepy and a whole lot of fun!

Add it on: Goodreads / Shelfari / Amazon / B&N
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 fiance, 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!

Last year I raved over the first book in the Scary School series. It took me back to my days as a young reader, visiting Wayside School and giggling up a storm at the zany antics of the characters. Needless to say, Monsters on the March had a lot to live up to! I was looking forward to more adventures with my favorite students, and definitely looking forward to a wacky read. Luckily this second installment far surpassed what I was hoping for. I couldn't get enough!

Derek the Ghost, our lovable ghost writer, quickly draws the reader right back into day to day life at the scariest school on Earth. If you haven't had a chance to read the first book, never fear! Derek introduces us to the cast of characters once again so, even if you're starting here, you won't be lost. This time the kids face a new adversary, the Monster King. Scary on the outside, but surprisingly pleasant smelling, the Monster King is all about manners. Step out of line? You might be a monster snack. So you can imagine his disbelief when Charles Nukid dares to save his daughter from her pirate fiance! The battle for Scary School is on.

It is so easy to become immersed in this book, no matter what your age. There are ample nods to many things that only an older reader would get. I couldn't help but giggle as I met Jason, a young boy who always wore a hockey mask to school. I was equally delighted when I found out that Steven Kingsley was the best writer in school! This is a book that you'll absolutely want to read along with your kids. Or, you know, read by yourself on the bus. (I highly recommend this, as people will look at you oddly when you crack up laughing!)

This book is perfect for reluctant readers and, in my opinion, easily transcends both age group and gender. No matter whose hands you put this book into, they're bound to love it. The illustrations are wonderful, the writing is perfection, and the plot twists are sure to delight. I'm a fan, tried and true! Add this book to your reading list and join me in the fun!

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FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.


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