Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Frightfully Friendly Ghosties: School of Meanies by Daren King (Children's, 5 years +)

September 2011, Quercus
120 pages, Paperback
Review copy 

Themes: school life, bullies, life as a ghost, mean teachers, lots of humour and a little sadness

Summary from Quercus
'Ghost School is stupid and rubbish, and, um, I'm  not going to Ghost School ever again!' 

Bumping is Humphrey Bump's best thing - even better than cakes and lollipops! But the nasty headmaster at ghost school doesn't agree. He expels Humphrey for - you've got it! - bumping. 

So the other ghosties - Agatha, Tabitha and Wither - find Humphrey a place a still-alive school. They are also on hand to help him make friends. Wither invisibly writes a spooky poem on the board, Agatha sends children whirling into the clouds, and they all whisp out of Humphrey's satchel during lessons. 

The still-alive children are so mean they only run away. But they are nothing compared to the still-alive headmaster who is the biggest bully ever. Can Humphrey gather all the ghosties together to fight the bully, save the school and make lots of new friends? 

Nayuleska's thoughts
I like Humphrey because when he doesn't want something to happen, he pulls out all the stops to prevent it. His family have distinct personalities which are hilarious, especially at the end when had me laughing to myself. The illustrations fit in with the feel of the story, and are well positioned throughout the book. 

I give this 9/10 

Suggested read
Try the adventures of Penny, the pony mad girl who happens to be a Unicorn Princess at Fetlocks Hall, which starts with The Unicorn Princess by Babette Cole

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