The Curse of the Were-Hyena by Bruce Hale

Book Review, Halloween, Middle Grade
Curse of the Were-Hyena by Bruce Hale, middle grade comedy horror book |

Curse of the Were-Hyena by Bruce Hale, middle grade comedy horror book |

The Curse of the Were-Hyena by Bruce Hale

Age Range: 8 – 11 years | Grade Level: 3 – 7 | Series: Monstertown Mysteries | Hardcover: 224 pages | Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (July 5, 2016)


About The Curse of the Were-Hyena

What do you do when your favorite teacher starts turning into a were-hyena?

a) Flee in terror?
b) Try to cure him?
c) Bring him carrion snacks?

Mr. Chu, the coolest teacher ever, has developed some very unusual habits, like laughing hysterically for no reason, sniffing people’s homework, and chasing chickens. When best friends Carlos and Benny decide to find out what’s happening to him, they get caught up in some moonlight madness. And it looks like just the beginning of the weirdness that has arrived in the town of Monterrosa. . . . This first entry in a silly, sassy, and suspenseful new series will leave readers howling with laughter.


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Our Thoughts on The Curse of the Were-Hyena

Miss A:

I really liked the Were-Hyena book. My favorite part was when the were-hyena was wearing Hello Kitty boxer shorts. I thought it was funny!



Miss K:

I think kids who like scary stuff and adventures will like this book. If you like monsters a lot you would like this book. I like how it’s scary, but not too scary. I also like how they have a were-hyena instead of a werewolf. One of my favorite parts was when a character said they didn’t want to eat any more corpses! That was funny.

The Hello Kitty boxers part was really funny. It made me laugh when Mr. Chu was rubbing his butt on the grass.



I read The Curse of the Were-Hyena out loud to my daughters, ages 8 and 6, and both loved it. They would gasp and beg for one more chapter almost every night. It’s the kind of book they love — it’s spooky and scary, but funny at the same time. Comedy horror seems to be a trend right now in middle grade, and my kids are loving it.

For me, the book was okay. It wasn’t crazy good or crazy bad. It’s a solid story about two boys discovering their teacher is turning into a were-hyena and their efforts to save him (with the help of a tenacious girl in their class). I loved the ethnic diversity in the main characters and there’s a nice balance between the suspenseful moments and the mystery building.

Overall, I’d have to say it’s a good book. My kids are eager to start on the next book in the series, so we’ll be picking that up. If your kids enjoy creepy or spooky themes, they’ll most likely enjoy this story.

Content: Some scary/morbid scenes and one scene with naked people (not descriptive, just the mention that they’re naked).



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