Friday, June 22, 2012

"All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary."

Scary School by Derek the Ghost: School can be a scary place. Take it from Derek, he died there. But this isn't just any ordinary school, this is Scary School where monsters and humans walk the halls together. And this year is even more exciting as the school hosts the Ghoul Games. Who will win? Who will survive? Who will lose? Only Derek the Ghost knows.



Let me start out by saying that this book was so much fun and it was a joy to read. I haven't read something like this since I was in the 5th grade and had discovered the only copy of Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar at the school library. I make this comparison because it takes everything you know to be true and turns it on its head in a silly and amusing way.

Another thing I loved about the book were the illustrations by Scott M. Fischer. They went so well with the story and they were placed perfectly within each of the chapters. Scott M. Fischer was a good choice for an illustrator and his style fits the novel. I have no complaints about them at all and usually I'm really picky about the use of art in books.

And finally, the characters. I liked them all so much that I can't pick a favorite. Even the more formidable ones like Mr. Wolfbark were interesting. Seriously, who conjures a puff of smoke and then does not disappear in it? If your first guess is a bad magician, you are wrong.

The second book in the series, Scary School 2: Monsters on the March comes out June 26. The cover looks colourful and awesome and I'm excited for its release.

(quote by Sally Ride)