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Dinkin Dings and the Frightening Things

Publication Information:
New York : Grosset & Dunlap, 2011.
Physical Description:
125 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Series title(s):
Young Dinkin Dings, who is afraid of literally everything, is certain that his new next-door neighbors are flesh-eating alien space zombies.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader Grades K-4 4.8 2 Quiz 143951 English fiction.
Added Author:


Call Number
J Bass, G.

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Dinkin Dings is afraid of everything. Only the Frightening Things-the three monsters who live under his bed-don't scare him. So when Dinkin suspects the people next door are evil zombies in disguise, he enlists his three friends to help take them down. But can a ghost, a skeleton, and a monster help a panic-stricken boy rid the world of a family of zombies?

Author Notes

Guy Bass lives in London, England, where Dinkin Dings was awarded the 2010 Blue Peter Book Award for Most Fun Story with Pictures!

Pete Williamson lives in London, England.

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-Dinkin Dings is afraid of most things except for the ghost, the monster, and the skeleton living under his bed. Everything else-from road signs to things that rhyme-absolutely terrifies him. When a family moves in next door, Dinkin, of course, fears the worst and is certain they are zombies. Can he prove himself right and muster up the courage to save the day? This story has strong kid appeal and offbeat cartoon artwork that appears on nearly every page. The story line will definitely strike a chord with its target audience, with moments like Dinkin being afraid to take a bath or accidentally hitting the possible zombie's mom with an egg intended for the new girl. Children will enjoy the scrapes Dinkin finds himself in, and the illustrations will pull in reluctant readers.-Elizabeth Swistock, Jefferson Madison Regional Library, Charlottesville, VA (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Horn Book Review

Dinkin may be irrationally "afraid of pretty much everything," but his fear that new neighbor Molly Coddle is a "zombalien" isn't as silly as everyone thinks. Luckily, come midnight, the Frightening Things emerge from under his bed to help. The cartoonishly sketched illustrations indicate how seriously the silly story should be taken, but there's also some satisfaction in seeing Dinkin's concerns validated. (c) Copyright 2011. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Young Dinkin Dings is afraid of everythingfrom the usual scary things to the inexplicable ("trees, peas, knees, fleas"). When a new kid moves in next door, he is convinced that the innocent-looking girl in the "100% Pony Crazy" T-shirt is something to be feareda "flesh-eating alien space zombie from beyond horror!" Yes, Dinkin knows that little Molly Coddle and her family are bent on rapacious, brain-eating, zombie-creating terror. The only things that don't scare Dinkin are his helperscreatures that he summons from under his bed each night. Perhaps it's because these Frightening Things are just as scared as Dinkin is. Though amusing details, like the statistics at the beginning of each chapter ("Chance of rain: 27% / Chance of world ending: 65%"), and over-the-top exaggeration should move the narrative along, the plot drags as readers wait for the Dinkin to find out the truth about his neighbor. Frequent pen-and-ink illustrations of bug-eyed children and goofily retro parents remind children that this is not really supposed to be a scary story, making the surprise ending even more of a surprise. Plays on words, exaggerated fears and an unexpected allergy add up to a funny book for new readers of the very patient variety who like something just a little bit scary. (Fiction. 7-10)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.