Remember how I took part in a Halloween Readathon last month? Yeah, well… I didn’t do very well. To be honest, I didn’t have very high hopes for myself anyway. I’m so rubbish at reading things within a specific time frame! However, I did manage to read two books from my list: Daughter of the Burning City by Sarah Foody, and The Creakers by Tom Fletcher. That’s what I’m going to be reviewing today!
What silently waits in the shadows at night? What’s under your bed, keeping just out of sight?
Do you ever hear strange, creaking noises at night? Ever wonder what makes those noises? Lucy Dungston always did.
Until, one morning, Lucy discovers that all the grown-ups have disappeared – as if into thin air. Chaos descends as the children in Lucy’s town run riot. It’s mayhem. It’s madness. To most kids, it’s amazing!
But Lucy wants to find out the truth. Lucy lost her dad not long ago, and she’s determined not to lose her mum too. She’s going to get her back – and nothing is going to stop her . . .
. . . except maybe the Creakers.
The Creakers by Tom Fletcher:
Last Christmas, I read Tom Fletcher’s first novel, The Christmasaurus. I absolutely fell in love with it and I can’t wait until December comes around so I can read it again! I think I’ll make it a Christmas staple, like an advent calendar or The Polar Express. Anyway, I digress. The fact that I loved The Christmasaurus so much meant that I had such high expectations for The Creakers. I wasn’t left disappointed!
The Creakers follows Lucy, a young girl who wakes up to find her mum is missing. But it’s not just her mum – it’s every adult in the whole town! At first, the children in the town love it. No grown ups! No chores, or tellings off, and they can say whatever naughty words they like!
But soon, everything turns to chaos. When Lucy hears noises under her bed, she discovers it’s much more than her imagination… it’s the Creakers! What the heck are Creakers, I hear you ask? Lucy goes on a quest to find out more about these creatures that go bump in the night, even if it means traveling to the creepy, dark, sticky world under her bed. Can Lucy save the day and bring all the grown ups home?
Just like The Christmasaurus, this book is so full of silly magic and moments that made me laugh out loud. One of my favourite things about Tom’s books is the humourous way he describes things. If it made almost-23-year-old me laugh out loud, I can imagine it’d make its target audience – older children and pre-teens, I’d say – howl with laughter (especially if their parents read it to them). There are even some jokes that maybe only adults will understand (for example, there’s a horribly rude TV show presenter called Piers Snoregan. You probably know who that’s a parody of). 😀
The adventure element is so much fun. Lucy is the perfect main character: she’s strong, feisty and confident, but not annoyingly so. She’s still unsure of her abilities, but she learns by the end just how much she’s really capable of. Just a warning to some younger children who might want to read The Creakers – there are some scary bits. But don’t worry – Lucy is here to save the day!
If you (or your children) love a book full of funny silliness, magical worlds, and (not-so-scary) monsters under your bed, then you’ll love The Creakers. It’s perfect for a Halloween read, or also great for any time of the year if you’re in the mood for something spooky!
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