Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Pinaboos: Belladonna and the Nightmare Academy

The Pinkaboos: Belladonna and the Nightmare Academy

Author: Jake Gosselin, Laura Gosselin
Illustrations by: Billy Kelly
Category: Children's Chapter Book
Suitable for: All Ages, ideal for ages 5-10
My Rating: 5 Stars
Format Read for Review: ARC e-book from the author/publisher
Pages: 96

This is a sequel to The Pinkaboos: Bitterly and the Giant Problem. View my review of that book here.

Description: In this installment the school bully, Vex has left Fright School and is trying to start her own Nightmare Academy to turn the sweet Frights, who help little girls, into evil monsters who scare little girls! Vex is playing on the insecurities of some of the students, like Wither, who was the only one not to get assigned a little girl. She convinces these characters who lack confidence to join her in terrifying little girls. The Pinkaboos discover her evil agenda and have to go into the dreams of a little girl to stop Vex and also use creative means to help the little girl overcome her fears. Like the previous book it is highly entertaining and features themes of bullying, teamwork, and overcoming fears.

In Short: I was really excited to read this book after reading the previous one because of how shocking the ending of that one was. If your child loved the first one they will definitely want to continue reading with this one. This is a great early-chapter book series that isn't very long. Ideal for kids beginning to get into chapter books. Also, it's very, very pink, so if you know a child who loves pink, this would be a great gift for them.

Pros: I love the friendships between the characters and they way they work together to solve problems. The story line is very interesting, fast paced and super fun to read. I thought this book was a little more light-hearted than the first one. It is also well written and edited. There are fun crafts, activities, and facts about bats in the back of the book. The art in this book is cute. At first I thought it was a bit weird-looking but it's grown on me.

Cons: The characters are listed in the back in the Major Frights section, which is cool except that in this book it is the same bios as the previous one and I think it should have been updated to match the new information that developed in this book.

I received a free copy of this book in return for my honest review.
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