Kent, Derek Taylor. Monsters on the March: Scary School #2
25 June 2012, HarperCollins
Charles Nukid is back after Scary School, and after freeing most of the school after they've spent the entire summer in the basement of a haunted house, is off with the school on a trip to Albania to visit Zog the Terrible (But always pleasant smelling). The school has won the trip, but it is fraught with peril-- Zog is a stickler for etiquette, and will maim or kill those who disobey! This is particularly difficult for Charles, because he has made Zogett, Zog's daughter, fall in love with him, thereby breaking the rule against taking things from other monsters. There's a lot else going on in the school, what with a mummy and elephant/man for teachers, and things like the Locker of Oblivion absconding with students. Additional chapters, games, and other fun things can be found at http://www.scaryschool.com, a fact that Derek the Ghost (the "ghostwriter") mentions several times. A third book comes out in June 2013.
Strengths: There are few monster books, and the first book has been popular. I had a lot of kids asking for the sequel already. This is goofy and would be immensely popular in the elementary school.
Weaknesses: While there was a plot, there were a lot of anecdotal chapters about the characters.
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