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Scary School Hardcover – June 21, 2011
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“[T]his is a laugh-out-loud offering that should find a broad and appreciative audienceamong boys and girls alike.” (Booklist)
About the Author
Derek the Ghost is an eleven-year-old ghost who haunts the classrooms and hallways of Scary School writing down all the spine-tingling, often hilarious things that go on there. He is the author of Scary School and Scary School #2: Monsters on the March. Despite his ghostly state, Derek still enjoys reading comic books and hopes to one day become a master ninja. If that doesn't work out, he will continue to share the fun of this very special, very secret school, so all kids can experience the scariest school on earth.
Scott M. Fischer has illustrated many books, including the New York Times bestselling Peter Pan in Scarlet, Jump!, Animals Anonymous, and the Secrets of Dripping Fang series. Scott graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He lives in western Massachusetts with his wife, daughter, dog, cat, goldfish, and a cockatoo named Fred.
Top Customer Reviews
Scary School by Derek the Ghost looked promising. It received a full 5-star review from Amazon readers, 4.5 stars from Barnes and Noble readers, and the overwhelming consensus of adult readers was that it was laugh-out-loud funny to both kids and adults. If the reviews weren't exaggerated, this was exactly the book I needed!
Written as a series of short stories and anecdotes surrounding the daily happenings at a school run by monsters, Scary School is better than laugh-out-loud funny. It's creative and witty, and downright bizarre at times.
What could be more fun than a book narrated by the ghost of a kid who met his demise during a school science experiment gone wrong? Well, you might start with the new kid at school named Charles Nukid. When his classmates greet him as "Hey New Kid!" on his first day of school, he's thrilled that they already know his name.
Not funny enough for you? How about a T-Rex in a blue dress who is responsible for detention? Every day at lunch time she lets out a loud "roar" and if you don't run to your own lunch quickly enough, she might just choose you for her next meal!
Still not enough? How about a one-fanged vampire-teacher named Ms. Fang? Or a school principal with the last name of Headcrusher? Perhaps the hallway monitor, Mr.Read more ›
I also appreciated the organization of the book. Each chapter is its own story but there is an overarching theme holding the book together, the school year and the Ghoul Games (similar to the Olympics only for monster schools). This makes the book work well as a read-a-loud with natural stopping points. And I have to say, the illustrations made me giggle, they fit the story to a tee. My favorite is the picture of Principal Headcrusher with her huge hands and Franz Dietrich Wolfbark, the man in charge of the Ghoul Games, looks exactly like a villain which he is. Wolfbark plots to close down Scary School by having the winners of the Ghoul Games, eat the losers, providing a plot unlike any I've read before.
I read the first chapter of the book to a class of fifth graders and they enjoyed it. Although I think some students weren't quite sure what to make of it, they did listen quietly, which is always a miracle with a class of 34 students. Overall, I'd say this book provides a light, humorous, and entertaining read that is perfect for reluctant readers.
Derek the Ghost is the tour guide throughout your journey inside of Scary School. To answer the question, yes he died at the school. That's how bad it can be. With characters so bizarre and imaginative, you'll be entertained the whole way through. I couldn't help but be creeped out by Mr. Spider Eyes. In the end, he gets to be a treat himself! Then we have Nurse Hairymoles. I'm not so sure it's a good thing to go to the nurse when she treats your ailments and gives you another issue entirely in return. Job security! I mustn't forget to mention the principal. I think her name tells enough about her. Principal Headcrusher. Enough said right?! You'll be flying through the pages, and the halls of Scary School, meeting many unusual creatures. A most entertaining read!
Derek the Ghost... please write more :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 4th graders can't get enough of Scary School! It is hilarious. Many of them have started writing their own "scary school" stories. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Book Nerd
Good book. Kept a fourth grader's interest. Well made. Nice and scary, but not too scary.Published 6 months ago by M. Pelland
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REVIEW BY: Michaela, age 11 years, 5... Read more
My 5th and 6th graders loved this book! Good read! They can't wait to read the second one.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fast paced and imaginative characters. I enjoyed the book being told from the narration of Derek, the ghost who once attended this school.Published 18 months ago by P.D. Pabst
My son loves it. I really enjoy the quirky only-adults-would-get-this humor embedded in it (like how one of the students named Jason always wears a hockey mask) :)Published on June 14, 2014 by Bryan
This book was amazingly great because mr. Wolfbark died and mr. Spider eyes was eaten by his own wife and dr. Dragonbreath ate almost all of his kids. Read morePublished on June 9, 2014 by tmielcarek