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Publisher's Note:

Mildew and Sponge don't think much of Maudlin Towers, the blackened, gloom-laden, gargoyle-infested monstrosity that is their school. But when somebody steals the School Spoon and the teachers threaten to cancel their holiday break until the culprit is found, our heroes must spring into action and solve the crime! But what starts out as a classic bit of detectivating quickly becomes weirder than they could have imagined. Who is the ghost in the attic? What's their history teacher doing with a time machine? And why do a crazy bunch of Vikings seem to think Mildew is a werewolf? This brand-new series from Chris Priestley, full of delightfully original wit, is perfect for young readers who like their mysteries with a bit of bite.…

Curse of the Werewolf Boy

by Chris Priestley

Overall Book Review:

Curse of the Werewolf Boy by author Chris Priestley is a comically, yet slightly absurd novel in the likes of Lemony Snicket and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Mildew and Sponge, the two main characters, set off to solve a mystery and are given the opportunity to time travel as well. As they try to solve the mystery, everyone at Maudlin Towers School is thrown under the light of suspicion, and the reader is introduced to a somewhat preposterous group of characters. Then, through the time travel comes the ridiculousness as they try to fix their mistakes and what happens when they see their doubles in other times. The two of them blunder and goof up big time, yet it all seems to work out…in a very roundabout way. And just how does the werewolf boy fit in? That is something you’ll have to discover as you read the book!

The Curse of the Werewolf Boy is a perfect novel for those younger readers ready to make the jump from graphic novels like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate. There are comical illustrations throughout and a cast of characters that will have them laughing as they try to get out of silly situations–all of which will seem familiar but comfortable as they work on reading more of a novel instead of a graphic novel.

Review is of an Advance Uncorrected Proof

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Bloomsbury Children’s Books


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  2 religious exclamations; 1 mild obscenity.  Note:  1 mention of hell in a religious context by a priest not tallied. 

Violence/Gore:  Character ‘cuffed’ in the head which knocks him down; headmaster half-jokingly says he will burn a thief at the stake when he is discovered; character is tied up and led away; character is tied to a post as an offering to something; mention of someone who was a werewolf being shot dead by a silver bullet; Character grabbed and forced to go somewhere against his will.

Sex/Nudity:  None

Mature Subject Matter:

None

Alcohol / Drug Use:

None

Overall Book Rating
Profanity/Language
Rating:
2
10
Violence/Gore
Rating:
3
10
Sex/Nudity
Rating:
0
10

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About the Reviewer

I remember as a young girl sneaking out of my bedroom to read by the hall light my parents left on, just so I could finish an exciting book. I’ve always loved books and reading is somewhat of a passion for me–something I’m passing on to my kids. I have four children and I have a hard time making them turn out the light when they say, “But I just got to the good part”.