The plan was to read one chapter each night. That didn't happen. Just like the original Scary School, each chapter of Scary School 2 ends with a mystery, a cliffhanger, or some other juicy story that you just have to keep reading.
So we finished the whole book in less than 3 bedtimes. My kids absolutely loved it! And they remembered all of the characters from the first book. They remembered what happened when kids visit Nurse Hairymoles, why Dr. Dragonbreath ate most of his class, and how many kids Ms Fangs bit.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone with elementary aged (and probably even junior high aged) children, especially boys. They will be drawn to the "scary" aspects of the book, but moms should know that it's not really any scarier than Scooby Doo.
Even still, if talking about monsters, mummies, and vampires engages your child in a book and even teaches them a thing or two, then I say go for it.
Teaches them a thing or two? Scary School and Scary School 2 are not your average gross-out kids book. Kids will find them hilarious, but adults will too. I have read more than my fair share of kids' books including the entire Captain Underpants, Horrid Henry, and Junie B Jones series. Yes, I lived through them all!
Scary School is an intellectually superior series. It's occasionally funny and innocent like a Junie B Jones book, but the vocabulary, word structure, and use of irony make it a more intelligent read.
It has the allure of a Captain Underpants (since death and underpants are both taboo topics) but the book is written at a higher level and continually shifts the story from different points of view and perspective, keeping it fresh and interesting.
And let's just say I would gladly read 100 Scary Story books in a row than have to read another Horrid Henry.
My kids were riveted by the stories (especially when Steven was taken by locker 39) and they "got the jokes." The story line draws them in. It's school and all of it's drama - with some monsters thrown in.
Plus the illustrations are awesome!! There aren't a ton of pictures, but just enough. And my kids loved to look at each and every one.
Your children will get a lot of enjoyment out of the Scary School books. They'll be engaged with the characters, drawn in to the mysteries, and will improve their vocabulary and reading comprehension.
They make great gifts and maybe even rewards. Especially since you can get the original Scary school for around $5 on Amazon and Scary School 2 for less than $10.
Take my advice, and steer your children toward this series instead of the "gross" books that are marketed toward boys. They'll think it's just as risque and will enjoy them just as much. And so will you.
*I received a complimentary copy of Scary School 2 for review purposes. No compensation was received and all opinions expressed are my own.