Fans of Roald Dahl, Chris Priestly and Lemony Snicket will savour every gruesome drop of this stylish, grisly and original comedy.
An idiosyncratic comic fantasy... it is likely that children will be most enthusiastic.
Bloodthirsty and mysterious with a sharp spike in its tail, Osbert's story is a deliciously dark invitation to the strange world of Schwartzgarten, a city corrupt with shadows and secrets - and in need of a hero.
Highly original... gruesome but funny.
A refreshingly unusual read.
Looks set to be a hugely successful new series. Marvelously detailed. There are three more bloodthirsty and hilarious adventures to come.
A macabre tale full of ghoulish and gruesome escapades. A frightening but appealing anti-hero.
One of those rare books children will happily read aloud to each other, which is one of the highest accolades a story can have. * * * * *
A riveting story - a clever mix of humour with some very dark and gruesome moments and a couple of real shocks towards the end.
If you love your teachers and have never entertained the thought of murdering them in the most diabolically appropriate way, then this book should probably be avoided at all costs.
Rules are broken in a carnival manner that is deliciously and genuinely thrilling
A gruesomely funny story... a tale of dark delights and ghastly goings-on, of injustice and revenge.
A more deliciously gruesome tale of injury, revenge and murder it would be hard to find. * * * * *
Macabre and gruesome and wickedly funny.
Gruesomely funny. This brilliantly woven mock-gothic tale has huge child appeal.
This is a brilliantly written book with fantastic characters. It is a real page-turner, a hilarious read and it will delight boys and girls alike.
For readers who like their stories darkly comic, in the style of Lemony Snicket... elaborate murders, twists and narrow escapes.
A macabre tale full of ghoulish and gruesome escapades. Fans of Lemony Snicket and Edward Gorey will delight in this sinister story.
This man is darker, funnier and more alive than Roald Dahl.
Dark and funny in a very horrible way.
If you like your reading dark and gruesome, then this is the series for you!
You want to be caught up in the thrall of delicious deviance and page-turning scandal, go on, get stuck in.
A great story with that real gothic sense of macabre... almost pantomime with horror... I laughed all through it.
Christopher William's style is similar to Roald Dahl ... hilarious