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The Bad Guys in Dawn of the Underlord (the Bad Guys #11), 11 Paperback – Illustrated, 7 July 2020

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Praise for The Bad Guys: * This book instantly joins the classic ranks of Captain Underpants and The Stinky Cheese Man. We challenge anyone to read this and keep a straight face. -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review* Guaranteed to be a hit for chapter book readers looking for humor and action. -- School Library Journal, starred review

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AARON BLABEY has written many well-loved, bestselling books for children. He is the creator of three hugely successful series for children -- the New York Times bestselling The Bad Guys, Pig the Pug, and Thelma the Unicorn. In 2018, it was announced that a movie adaptation of The Bad Guys is in development at DreamWorks Animation with Aaron serving as an executive producer on the project. Aaron's books have won many awards, including nine REAL Awards, an INDIE Book Award for Children's Book of the Year, a Children's Book Council of Australia -- Book of the Year Award, a NSW Premiers Literary Award for Children's Literature, two Australian Book Design Awards, and a Children's Peace Literature Award.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Scholastic Paperbacks; Illustrated edition (7 July 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 192 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1338329480
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1338329483
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 7 - 10 years
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 15.24 x 1.52 x 19.3 cm
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 5,213 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant series...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 March 2021
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A. D.
1.0 out of 5 stars What happened to the fun, witty, light-hearted theme??
Reviewed in Canada on 19 July 2020
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1.0 out of 5 stars What happened to the fun, witty, light-hearted theme??
Reviewed in Canada on 19 July 2020
Really not sure what happened here? Did Blabey forget who his target audience is?

Our child loves(-ed) the Bad Guys series! We bought and own every book in the series, from the very beginning, and used to place an order for the next book as soon as it would show up on Amazon, + bought numerous box-sets for presents, recommended it to family, friends, co-workers...

They were always fun, witty, engaging... Until now. (to be specific until Chapter 4).

Namely, this morning our child (9) came to us saying he didn't like the book, because he "got scared" and "confused" -- when asked to explain further he noted the "letters became big like Halloween" and "something was telling Snake to be bad", and "Snake started looking scary, with horns..." so he stopped reading it.

So we read the book and it was easy to see where his perceptions came from. To be quite frank: we are not pleased with the departure from the children-friendly, lighthearted, lots-of-fun-type theme to a more occult, dark, FAUSTIAN narrative, with insinuations that are simply too much for many young reads to comprehend! (... PG rating for parents to decide if suitable for their child?)

Due to this, we will NOT be pre-ordering the next book like we used to... (in fact contemplating returning this one as well, since most of the book was -to use our son's words- "dark and scary". It started great like they always do and then bam... would not really miss #11 from the collection).

We'll check the #12 out just after it gets to the stores so we can review it and decide if it's good or bad for our child (...pun intended).

Truly hope that Blabey remembers his primary audience and returns back to the funny, light, feel-good narrative.
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Thomas Betts
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 July 2020
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3.0 out of 5 stars Declining in quality
Reviewed in Canada on 9 July 2020
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Ed Chan
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best out of the series
Reviewed in Canada on 11 July 2020
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