Friday, February 3, 2012

Scary School by Derek Kent

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!

Plus...Gargoyles, goblins, and Frankenstein's monster on the loose.  The world's most frighteningly delicious school lunch

And...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! (Barnes & Noble Overview)

We were asked to review this book, which is for a younger audience, so I decided to ask my 7 year old son to read it with me. If he was a REALLY good boy and finished this "big boy" book...the BookNerds would give him the opportunity to write a guest post on our blog. (Only the child of a BookNerd would be excited about this opportunity, but he genuinely was.)

I usually struggle to get him to sit down and read for more than 15 minutes at a time. He is a typical 7 year old boy with endless amounts of energy. This is the first book that he actually wanted to continue reading. He would ask to read Scary School and then he would want me to read an extra chapter or two when it was already past his bed time. Since I would never discourage a BookNerd in training from reading...I always agreed.

I probably enjoyed reading this with him as much as he did. It really is a cute story that will capture the interest of elementary and middle school children.

Preston's Review (with some help from Mom)

I LOVED all of the silly characters in this book. With each chapter there seemed to be a new and very unusual character added, which really held my attention. I thought it was really funny when one of the teachers got in trouble for being late to class. The reason why he was late was very fitting. I also REALLY liked the science teacher. If I had a teacher like that, I'm sure I would remember everything that was taught.

As if a school where students can be eaten by a dragon, crushed by the principal, or turned into a vampire isn't scary enough to a first grader...scary school joined the Ghoul Games. This is a competition with other scary schools where the winners get to EAT the losers. While all of this may sounds scary, I thought this book was very funny. I loved all of the pictures because they really helped me to visualize what all of the scary school characters looked like.

This is the first book that I have read with over 200 pages. I told my Mom to give this book 5 stars and I really want to read the next scary school book.


  1. Awesome! By the way, the website is to check it out!

  2. Awesome job Preston!!!! I bet Mom did not have to help to much!! =)

  3. Good review, Preston! You are truly a BookNerd In Training!

  4. Thanks for the review. I'm always looking for something to keep my middle schooler reading.

  5. I think Preston's review was brilliant! Can anyone tell this is coming from Mimes?