Parents' Guide to

Angela and Diabola

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

The humor is as wicked as the evil twin.

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age 9+

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age 9+

Laugh out loud

Cleverly written with engaging language and hilarious imagery. Surprises, shocks and thoroughly entertains.For children with a quirky sense of humour.

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Wicked is the operative word here, more wicked than anything Roald Dahl ever came up with. The humor is as wicked as Diabola, and though children often delight in bad children in literature, Diabola is bad on a level they won't admire or envy. Though this is presented as a middle grade novel, not all middle-graders are ready for it. It requires the ability to appreciate very dark humor (Mrs. Cuthbertson-Jones is sent to jail after toddler Diabola wrecks a store, the father runs away, the vicar attempts an exorcism), and to understand allegory.

But for bright fourth-and fifth-graders and older readers, there's a lot to chew on for this is not just Diabola's story. Angela has the power of goodness but also the curse of perfection, and the relationship between the sisters is complex and layered. For the right kids, this is both hilarious and thought-provoking.

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