Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Review: The Ghastly McNastys: Raiders of the Lost Shark (The Ghastly McNastys ) by Lyn Gardner

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Title: The Ghastly McNastys: Raiders of the Lost Shark
Author: Lyn Gardner
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Published: Aug. 1, 2015
Pages: 148
Genre: Children ages 7-10
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and publisher
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk



Shiver me timbers – the Ghastly McNastys are back!
The McNastys are after Captain Syd’s treasure, rumoured to be buried in Little Snoring Castle. And they’re in luck – a pirate movie’s being shot there. They reckon they’ll easily be able to sneak into the castle, blend in with the cast and steal all the treasure.
But youngsters Tat and Hetty have outwitted the dastardly duo before,
and have plans to trap them once and for all.
The disgusting McNastys and their vile antics will have children squirming, and squealing with laughter from beginning to end!


We received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

When I saw the title of this book and then read the synopsis I totally knew K would love to read this book and I was spot on. 
He thought the pirates were silly and rather nasty, and he didn't like how they trapped the women in the dungeon to get to the treasure. 
K really found it funny when the sharks came loose in the moat and the tactics that were used to stir them away from trying to eat Tat. 
I really enjoyed how the story had illustrations every few pages so the kids do not get bored with just reading. It isn't very long but it is long enough that it will probably take them a while to get finished with the book. I believe it took me and K about a week to finish the book and that was with reading a chapter or two a night. The illustrations were drawn really great though we both did wonder what was wrong with Tat's face as he seems to have a boo-boo on him. I assume it is from the first book which we will be looking for to read. 
 This is a great story of treasure hunting, having fun and lots of laughter. 
The two McNasty pirates are looking for Captain Syd's treasure that is in a castle in Little Snoring though they are not sure where as there are hundreds of dungeons to search from but they do need to watch out for the spider that is the size of a car tire. It is up to Tat, Hetty, the bird and their pet cat to stop them. Will they be able to do it?
The only thing that got to me was the mention of slime and boogers filling up in a room I got of got a bit sick on that but it Kasin thought it was funny, I guess it must be a boy thing. 
I recommend this book to those that want a bit of a laugh and it is a good chapter book.


Lyn Gardner was born in London. A theater critic for The Guardian, she goes to the theater five or six nights a week, which should leave no time for writing books at all. She and her two daughters have one venerable goldfish (there were two, but one came to a tragic end) and a horse—who is the most demanding, temperamental, and expensive member of the family.



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