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The Ghoul Next Door (Monster High) Hardcover – April 5, 2011
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Lisi lives in Laguna Beach, California.
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We're not prudish parents by any means, but that assumes a level of maturity in a reader that many grade school kids aren't ready for. If yours is, more power to them, but I thought it would be prudent to let other parents that may not want their child reading about it know that its in there. I'm not preaching one way or the other, but I think its important for parents to be able to make informed decisions about what their little kids are reading.
If the author feels the need to explore such topics with her readers, the publisher should at least give parents a heads up since they are marketing it to elementary school kids.
Over all this book is far better than the first with several uses of Deus stone cold stare, Cleo Egyptian heritage; some new background on Blue's family and her being a transfer student, Frankie stitch together and other monsters and their traits. Among the new characters who get a lot of page time is Billy the Invisible boy who want to help stop the hunt for the Frankenstein girl who lost her head at the school dance. While the ghouls are still in hiding at school this book focus more about their life as RADS outside of school along with their normal human friends who want to support them. Even introduce to Frankie and Cleo's pets. Becca think that Bret preferring a ghoul like Frankie over a human like her has to be mind control and has started her own group of monster hater. Cleo don't like or trust Melody because she human and wants to do all she can to shut down The Ghoul Next Door TV product as well as convince her fashion ghoul friends to be in teen vogue magazine with her on their Egyptian lay out. Nice to meet Cleo family in this one as well as have shadow images of different Monster High characters at the top of each chapter.
"Ghoul Next Door" picks up right after the events in "Monster High". Frankie Stein has potentially announced to the world that monsters exist. These (adorable) monsters want the world to know about and accept them. They want to celebrate their differences and not have to cover them up with normal color make up or clothing that hides their special attributes. This is a great message to the book's true target demongraphic, the tweens.
The story isn't exceptional well written and the plot isn't exactly deep and twisted. The books are nevertheless entertaining. The characters are fun and cartoony, much like their doll counterparts. This book expands on the character "Invisible Billy", who is a lot of fun here. We also finally meet "Julia" or "Ghoulia" from the doll line. Ghoulia is easily my favorite of the dolls and I enjoyed seeing her character introduced. (Yeah, zombies!) Lots of romantic schemes were at play, couples break up and couples get together. The parents and siblings of the respective characters seemed to take a back seat in this story and thats a shame. They really fill out the story and its nice to see them show up.
I have to give Lisi Harrison kudos for her neverending ability to come up with fun 'monster' puns and play on words. They kept me smiling through this book. I also liked seeing more from Cleo's point of view.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got here on estimated date and there wasn't a problem with the way it was packaged. Book had no creases and no folded pages.Published 9 months ago by Pierce
I like the item, there was a little crease it the book, that they didn't explain as the order said, but that doesn't bother me, and I get to still read the book for this price!Published 11 months ago by Sarah
This is an amazing sequel to the first book and I loved how we got to learn more about cleo and see things from her point of viewPublished 13 months ago by Victoria
Not a huge fan of MH but it's been fun bonding over reading the books together. Will continue reading them with her.Published 16 months ago by Kindle Customer