Children’s Corner: The Nightmare Formula

Posted June 18, 2021 by Lillian in Children's Corner, Reviews / 0 Comments

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Children’s Corner: The Nightmare FormulaThe Nightmare Formula by Tommy Greenwald
Illustrator: Elisa Ferrari
Series: Duckscares #1
Published by Amulet Books on 2021-05-04
Length: 208 pages
Reviewing Hardcover from YA Book Central

Introducing an all-new series of spooky middle-grade mysteries starring Disney’s world-famous troublemaking triplets Huey, Dewey, and Louie

Huey, Dewey, and Louie—the world-famous nephews of Donald Duck—are off on a globetrotting adventure! When the boys are suddenly (and confusingly) selected for a prestigious exchange program, they head off to Germany, where they learn about soccer, the local culture . . . and a spooky plot plaguing their new friends. What’s all this about a haunting? Written by acclaimed author Tommy Greenwald and featuring two-color illustrations throughout, this series starter is perfect for young mystery fans.

I don’t know who enjoyed this book more: my son or me! The Nightmare Formula by Tommy Greenwald is the first in a brand new series featuring our favorite duckling trio: Huey, Dewey and Louie from Ducktales. The book follows the triplets as they become Student Ambassadors and go to their first assignment, a two month stay in Berlin. No story about the triplets would be complete though without a mystery to solve. The Nightmare Formula will put your sleuthing skills to the test as the triplets explore their new home away from home.

The book begins with Huey, Dewey and Louie being called to the principal’s office, something that is never good 😉 The triplets are told here that they have been chosen as International Student Ambassadors from the National Association of Studious and Talented Youth. For the next year, they will travel to different countries as a part of their exchange program. Excited and ready for the adventure, the triplets set off for their first stop, Germany. Here they will stay with the Kellers and their niece Sophie. 

Once in Germany, the boys quickly take to their new home. They like Sophie, soccer, and the new friends they meet at school. However, it doesn’t take long for them to notice that something is wrong in their new town. People are seeing things that aren’t really there, things that scare them and make them do funny things like run around screaming when there is nothing there.Told mostly from Dewey’s point of view with the occasional help of Huey and Louie, The Nightmare Formula will appeal to older elementary school readers with its humor and touch of suspense.

About Tommy Greenwald

Tommy Greenwald's book GAME CHANGER, a YALSA Top Ten Pick for Reluctant Readers, has recently been named the winner of the Kentucky and Rhode Island Middle School Reading Awards, and has been placed on many other state lists.

Tommy is also the author of the CRIMEBITERS, CHARLIE JOE JACKSON and PROJECT Z series, among other books for children.

Day-job-wise, Tommy is the Co-Founder of Spotco Advertising, an entertainment advertising agency in New York City, and the lyricist and co-bookwriter of JOHN & JEN, an off-Broadway musical.

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