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The ABC’s of Being Dead (Book) Review

 
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Page Count: 68
 
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5/ 5


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A perfect blend of darkness and whimsy

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The darker side of humor - devils, reapers, pestilence, etc.


Final Fiendish Findings?

Who knew so much darkness could be so much fun? The ABC’s of Being Dead is an engaging tale of staying true to your dreams, told in equal measures of humor and gloom. The illustrations are a perfect match for the droll text, making for a surefire hit for your young gloom and doom fans.

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Posted March 3, 2014 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

“Dreary, the son of the fearsome Grim Reaper, Met Naughty, the daughter of Hades’ Gatekeeper.”

With an intro like that, it’s got to be good – and The ABC’s of Being Dead delivers on that promise with an enchanting tale of staying true to yourself, no matter what the obstacles. In this book, we again meet Dreary & Naughty, the son and daughter (respectively) of the Grim Reaper and the Devil. Dreary and Naughty are great friends who share the trials of being teens of a different sort. In the first book of the series, The Misadventures of Dreary & Naughty, we were introduced to the characters as they weathered the trials of high school. In this volume, the action stays closer to home, as the two work through the issue of telling their parents that the do not want to take over the family business, so to speak.

Naughty is the first to take the plunge, sitting down with her father to break the bad news. As she bluntly tells the Devil that she isn’t interested in minding the River Stix. As she relates the details of the conversation to Dreary, he is inspired to speak to his father as well. But when the Grim Reaper instead takes him off on a learning mission to meet the other heirs to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Dreary’s message of being who you are suddenly becomes even harder to get out. Whatever the result, Dreary and Naughty are determined to forge their own paths – and they may just take a few other unique teenagers along for the ride.

The ABC’s of Being Dead follows the tried and true Dreary & Naughty formula. All of the text is written in rhyming verses that add a touch of whimsy to verses of death and disappointment. The eye catching illustrations are done in a sketched style that is devoid of color, which only makes the striking red cover stand out more. The main characters, Dreary & Naughty, are drawn pretty much exactly how you’d expect a teenaged Grim Reaper and Devil to look. Yes, tails, horns, and bones are present – but so are mini skirts, pig tails, hoodies, and tshirts. It’s a perfect blend of darkness and whimsy, and the teen versions of War, Famine, and Pestilence are just icing on the cake.

Who knew so much darkness could be so much fun? The ABC’s of Being Dead is an engaging tale of staying true to your dreams, told in equal measures of humor and gloom. The illustrations are a perfect match for the droll text, making for a surefire hit for your young gloom and doom fans.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)