you're reading...
BOOK REVIEWS, Early/Young Readers, Fantasy, Read-Aloud Suggestions


By Guy Bass

Dinkin Dings and the Frightening Things is great fun!  My children and I read it as a bedtime story (actually, my 8-year-old read it to the rest of us) and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Dinkin Dings is afraid of everything…socks, toast, storms…everything that is, except the 3 “Frightening Things” who are his friends–a skeleton, a ghost and a monster.  Dinkin’s new neighbors look suspicious to him.  He is convinced they are zombies from outer space:  zombaliens.  His parents dismiss his fears and are more concerned with being embarrassed by the measures Dinkin takes to protect himself from the new neighbors.  (We find out that the previous neighbors moved away because Dinkin was convinced they were a family a bears in disguise and continually plagued them with investigative techniques designed to force them into revealing their true identities.)

The ending has a nice twist–one that our family literally screeched over–and the journey to get there is worth it!

The Frightening Things are funny and loveable–as is Dinkin, himself.  The book is a fast, easy read, rife with imagination, silliness and plenty of laughs.  It’s a delightful spooky read that isn’t TOO spooky.  It’s a great independent, bedtime or classroom choice–especially in October!


No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

<span>%d</span> bloggers like this: