Sci-Fi & Scary Kids Version: May 14th, 2016

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Each book listed has been read by the Sci-Fi & Scary household, but full reviews will not be given unless otherwise requested. Instead, each book will have a picture of the cover, a brief synopsis, a 2 sentence review, and a rating.

From Jack McCuddles to Snow White Blood Red

Science Fiction and Horror Books for Kids

 

Cover for Meet Jack McCuddles - for sci-fi and horror books for kids review 5/7/2016Synopsis: Jack McCuddles is no ordinary cat; apart from being the cutest cat in the world (according to him) he also has magical powers.  An evil scheme is being plotted and only our hero Jack McCuddles can save us. Join Jack on his hilarious adventure, full of mystery, intrigue, witches, talking mice, magic spells, pancakes with real maple syrup and too many reminders from Jack about how cute he is.

Review: Honestly, this was a DNF book. The writing was just annoying, and though the author makes a note that it was “written in Jack’s voice”, that just seems like an excuse to pass off writing much more simplistic than what a 6-8 year old deserves.

Rating: 2 out of 5

 

Cover for At the Old Haunted House - for sci-fi and horror books for kids review 5/7/2016

Synopsis: There are all kinds of creatures in the house: a big Ma monster and her wee monsters two, a scrawny black cat and her wee kittens three, a green Pa goblin and his wee goblins four, and more! Count along as the creatures prepare for the Halloween Fright. The text, written in the pattern of the popular poem “Over in the Meadow,” makes reading aloud fun, while the cinematic illustrations set the scene for an unforgettable romp through the old haunted house. Trick or treat!

Review: This was a wonderful illustrated book for the 3-5 age range. The rhymes were delightful and the ending keeps the book firmly out of the ‘scary’ direction kids might think it’s going in.

Rating: 5 out of 5

 

Cover for I Traveled to the Future - for sci-fi and horror books for kids review 5/7/2016

Synopsis: Little Billy wanted to know what the future would look like. He was so interested in the future: Will there be robots? Aliens? Space ships? He decided to make his own time machine and see for himself, but before he could do that, he needed to get some sleep. That is when little Billy let his imagination run, going to amazing places and finding out interesting things about the future he would love to see.Find out what Billy’s future looked like and see everything he saw on his little time travel.

Review: It’s a bit weak, and could definitely use some tweaking, but I Traveled to the Future was a fun little book. It teaches a good message about differences and I think it’ll delight the 3-5 age range, as well as give parents a couple talking points.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Cover for Snow White Blood Red - for sci-fi and horror books for kids review 5/7/2016

Synopsis: Do you like fairytale classics? Do you like horrific zombie stories?  You will get both in these grisly princess stories, “Fables of the Undead”!  Snow White has been poisoned by the Witch Queen. But the deadly apple is not the end for the young princess, as when the moon rises, so does she …  Can her seven diminutive friends survive a night of being stalked by a princess of the undead? Horror, swordplay and death await…!

Review: “siphoning it from his body by sexual means whilst disguised as a common harlot.” – What in the world is a line like this doing in a book that has been placed in the 6-8 year old age range on Amazon? Whomever placed the book in this age range ought to be ashamed of themselves! Taken at face value, the book itself is actually fairly entertaining. It is is just assuredly NOT a little kids book!

Rating: 2 out of 5 – if it were listed more age appropriately, the rating would be higher. – NOTE: I tagged Amazon about this on Twitter. They had me send them a link so they could look at it. Hopefully it gets removed from this age-range listing.

There you have it. Would you like to hear a more in-depth review (as much as is possible on a kid’s book) for any of these? Let me know.

Authors: Please, please make sure your book is listed appropriately on Amazon. Placing it in a younger category just to get a better ranking or whatever is a disgusting practice.

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