Scary School

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Goodreads Rating: 3 stars

Narrator Rating: 3 stars

 

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.

There is also a website: Scary School

 

When Lollipop Ladies Attack!

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Rating: 5 stars

Age group: 6-9

I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

First, I want to say, that I did not know that a “Lollipop Lady” was a crossing guard. I am glad that the author included that tidbit of information when I received the book. I would have figured it out, but I had no clue that is what it was called in the UK and Australia 🙂

This book was short and sweet. It contained multiple messages within the text that I think would be enjoyable for it’s age range. We all have those mothers that we are often embarrassed by, but realize that they are actually pretty cool after a while.

For example, I was on a school trip with my brother in Barcelona and none of our luggage made it so we had to go do a little shopping to hold us over. One mother picked out this shirt that she thought was SUPER cute but neither of her girls liked it. One of the girls was 14 and the other was 24. I thought it was cute, so I bought it. When I wore it, the two girls couldn’t believe how cute it was and asked me where I got it. I told them it was the shirt their mother picked out earlier at the store. I can’t even begin to tell you how often I did that to my mom when I was younger! We don’t even give the object a passing glance because our mother picked it out.

This story touches on one of these moments, where kids are embarrassed about what their parents do for a living because their friends’ parents all have “important” jobs. Abby had to learn that a Lollipop Lady’s job is just as important, as say a doctor, because they keep children safe.

I like how each chapter is short and to the point and takes place on a specific day of the week. The font is big and well suited for the age group the story was written for. The language was age appropriate. I will be keeping this book for when I have kids one day 🙂