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Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Mild scares and laughs for Wimpy Kid fans.

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age 7+

reader beware you have been warned

I got this book for my birthday and read it for five days and it was quite a nice book and I would give it 3 and a half but I can’t do the half thing on the star rating some stories were better than others and one of my favourite stories was the Demon and I could tell Greg was just acting like he was possessed by a demon some of the stories like the changing had a few tiny unexpected near endings the title I chose might have been a bit misleading because these stories aren’t exactly terrifying not like goosebumps anyway but this was a good book and probably my favourite in the rowley series but Cabin fever still my favourite from Jeff Kinney when it comes to the actual diary of a wimpy kid series when it comes to Greg stories and for those of you complaining about what the stories are like remember rowley did write these in there world

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (6):

Scary stories are all in the telling, and when Wimpy Kid Greg's sweet and innocent friend Rowley tells them, expect them to be mild enough for young readers and mildly funny. There are none of the outrageous Wimpy Kid-level antics here, except when a grandma is buried alive (it ends fine!) and the last story of 14, when Greg convinces Rowley that he, Greg, has been possessed by a demon. Because it's Rowley's perspective, Rowley is 100 percent convinced it happened, which makes it uncomfortably funny if you're the sort to wish Rowley had much nicer friends. Poor kid. Hints of friendship woes return in the story "Ghost Friend," where a boy's BFF comes back as a ghost and makes life miserable for him.

By far the oddest story is the one where one mummy sues another for copyright infringement. How would Rowley, our naive narrator, know what this is? The story with the funniest twists and turns is "The Invasion," in which a town handles a zombie invasion in a refreshing way. Overall, kids will have fun with the variety of tales and standard horror characters in Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories, and tehy may even be inspired to imagine some of their own to tell around the campfire.

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