- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (August 23, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375868593
- ISBN-13: 978-0375868597
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 63 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,745,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow Hardcover – August 23, 2011
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"Towell tucks violent tempests, maggoty slime, hideous transformations, nightmares, sudden terrors and like atmosphere-building elements into a rousingly melodramatic literary debut." —Kirkus Reviews
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"A splendidly odd little tale." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
About the Author
KATY TOWELL is the creator of the Childrin R Skary website. She is also a graphic designer, writer, and illustrator in Los Angeles with dreams of one day being the scary old lady in the house about which all the neighborhood children tell ghost stories. When not doing these things, she collects antiques, strange teas, and carnivorous houseplants, and she plays a little tune on her violin now and again.
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Three misfits at a girls' boarding school plus one misfit at a boys' boarding school meet for an awfully " skary" adventure.
The girls...Beatrice, Adelaide and Maggie work with Steffan to discover why and how townspeople are disappearing.
Fantastic scary scenes depicting a very mysterious carousel that actually lures people into the woods and spins them faster and faster and faster until they disappear!!!
The scary factor was just about right...this adventure was just scary enough to hold my attention throughout the book. There was Becky The Bully and the terribly mean headmistress and the lovely sweet librarian who is there one day showing kindness to the three girls and then suddenly...poof...she is gone. Oh my...something deliciously evil lurks within the town in the best disguise ever...until the skary "childrin" step in and...
Can't tell you...it would spoil this wondrous book.
I loved it...loved the "skary childrin" ...I even loved the candy man...at first...lol...but you will see what I mean.
Lemme just say it all started with a boring rainy night when I was strolling around the all-mighty Youtube, and I ran into this video snapshot in which there's a little girl with two black eyes freakishly different in size. It turned out to be one of Katy Towell's mini-tales, and that particular one was about a girl who was "absolutely forgotten by everyone". An incredible depressing sad story, which only made want more. So I went to her channel and watched "Ida's Luck" and more. After like another 5 vids when I discovered this book trailer, I was totally sold. Six days later - three days delivery and another three for reading - I had already decided Katy was one of the writers that I might follow.
I gotta admit, despite the definite talent of extremely vivid writing, Katy Towell has this disturbing gift of picturing mentally tormented freak kids - mostly girls (which leaves me wondering about her school life). A few sections of the book was almost too much for me to bear, which of course again reflect her splendid writing style. Few writers I've read had done a better job vivifying characters, not mentioning our four little protagonists are by all means quite stand out - a werewolf girl who desperately tries to be normal, a school-less young Edison who knows no ill-will (with nothing abnormal, btw), a little damsel who's blessed and cursed by the ability of communicating with ghosts, and a Miss Juggernaut who don't seems to give two shits about nothing. These four kids, being wildly different but same as outcasts from "normal good children", formed this seemingly impossible alliance that eventually saved the world. Well, sorta.
A rough summary on Katy Towell's writing style could be "Miss Tim Burton". Grim, sad, slightly brutal but with good will blooming in the depth. I took a star away because the plot is a bit too simple for my taste, but hey, it's more of a tale for kids even with extremely mature writing. And yes, as a debut I'd say it's better that the first Harry Potter, since in HP you already knew it would be "The One" vs the archenemy (yeah yeah I know his friend are important but Harry is still The One). I'm pretty damn sure Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow is just one tale in a much larger establishment (if not then I'm gonna find myself a corner in my room and draw circles on the floor), and I can't wait to see her new works.
Oh, if you haven't checked her Youtube page already, you're an idiot.
(FYI, my mother tongue is Mandarin so don't blame me for grammatical mistakes.)
It was also terribly addictive, I couldn't put it down till I finished the whole story.
My only problem was the illustrations. Now I'm not saying they're bad but some of them seemed to have alot of empty and unused space. Granted this is fine when the picture is tiny but when it takes up a whole page I expect the whole page to be illustrated.
Which was really a shame because she could have used that extra space on scary backgrounds, surreal designs and scenes that could have really amplified the moment the book was depicting.
But other than that I totally recommend this book to everyone! <3