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The Misadventures of Dreary & Naughty (Book) Review


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Page Count: 64
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A perfect blend of dark humor and eye catching illustrations

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Rather dark, naturally - not meant for young children.

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The Misadventures of Dreary & Naughty (Book) Review

Posted March 1, 2014 by

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“Don’t pick on the children of the Devil and Death.”

What happens when Death and the Devil decide to settle down and have a family? The Misadventures of Dreary and Naughty takes a comic look at just that scenario, with an unexpected moral on avoiding bullying thrown in for good. Dreary is the son of Grim Reaper parents who lives on the dark side of town. Naughty is his neighbor, the teenaged daughter of the Devil. Both sets of parents believe it’s good for the teens to attend a normal high school, but they aren’t exactly accepted with welcome arms by the other kids.

Although The Misadventures of Dreary & Naughty is naturally a rather dark tale, it has some surprising messages of acceptance and staying true to yourself mixed in with the somewhat expected comeuppance that comes to those who are dumb enough to mess with the children of Death and the Devil. It’s a quick read that gives a darkly amusing introduction to these unique teenagers who are simply facing the evils of high school the best way they know how. The text is all presented in a rhyming form that is catchy and often humorous. At just 64 pages (and half of that illustrations), it won’t have your kids lost in reading for hours, but it will have them reading and enjoying it – likely multiple times.

The Misadventures of Dreary & Naughty is a book that is as much about the illustrations as the text, and they are really quite appealing. If you had ever thought to envision a teenaged Devil or Death, they couldn’t have looked any more perfect. Naughty is equal parts cute and devilish, all decked out in the latest styles and sporting some sweet pigtails. Dreary strikes a morose pose with the typical jeans and hoodie, his bony head topped by (appropriately enough) a skull cap, and tshirts sporting a variety of phrases. The illustrations are done in a sketched style, with the dark red cover of the book the only color to be found. It all ties together into a book that is a perfect blend of dark humor and eye catching illustrations.

The Misadventures of Dreary & Naughty is a walk on the dark side of high school. Feeling accepted (and accepting yourself) is a large part of the teen years, no matter who your parents are. While the bullies in this book end up with harsher consequences than your average kids, the moral of the story nonetheless shines through. Whether you’re a little different or a lot, everyone has a place.


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)