The Little Bad Book 2: Even More Dangerous by Magnus Myst, illustrated by Thomas Hussung. Delacorte Press, c2018, 2022. 9780593427644
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? Listen to the author, do as directed, and you won’t get hurt. Of course you could listen to Sweet Marie and ignore all of the book’s advice while you draw unicorns: your choice. The book is chock full of puzzles for the readers to solve in order to find the next page and unlock a mystery centered on parents. Told in the second person, the author tries to convince readers about the true origin of their parents and their nefarious schemes. A cross between the series Pick Your Own Adventures and Goosebumps, readers will be flipping back and forth trying to follow the author’s clues. Dark and well defined illustrations add to the text and will delight readers. Large text oscillating between black and pink (the Book and Sweet Marie) play off each other and will keep readers turning pages. This title will be sure to engage struggling readers.
Anything you didn’t like about it? Not a negative, but the plot is very high energy and requires readers to solve a myriad of puzzles and riddles. Some bathroom humor, talk about writing in the book, and giving a blood sample.
To whom would you recommend this book? Readers, in grades 3 to 7, who enjoy nutty horror novels such as Goosebumps would like this title.
Who should buy this book? This would be a good purchase for upper elementary schools or public libraries that cannot have enough humorous horror novels on their shelves.
Where would you shelve it? Horror/humor.
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? I feel that this title would reside near the top of the “to read” pile.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Elena Schuck, Nathaniel H. Wixon School Library, Dennis, Massachusetts
Date of review: November 20, 2022