Nightmare Academy #2: Monster Madness
HarperCollins Chlildrens Books (2009)
Reviewed by Madeline McElroy (age 8.5) for Reader Views (12/09)
This is a story about Charlie Benjamin and his friends Violet and Theodore whose nightmares become reality. They train to be monster hunters and to kill them in the Nether world. The Guardian is the one whom protects Charlie and his friends, but soon he will die. Charlie goes on a mission to get some special milk from a female creature, a mother Hydra. He goes in by getting a baby Hydra and telling him to take him to his mom. Charlie grabs an empty chapstick bottle and gets the milk. He returns to the Guardian and a man named Edward Pinch drank the milk. Theodore says “What have you done!” But Edward says, “There is still some left see.” Charlie gives the Guardian the milk and restores his health. This is just the beginning.
Violet was my favorite character; she was a good fighter, cutting off three heads in one fight! She had a blue, glowing ax to kill monsters.
I thought the book was boring at first, but when I got about halfway through it was really exciting. This adventure through space and back is filled with creatures from other planets, slimy goo and lots of battling. The ending was a big surprise and leaves some questions unanswered.
In my opinion, I think boys would enjoy “NightmareAcademy #2: Monster Madness” by Dean Lorey better than girls.