Buttercup Sunshine and the House on Hangman’s Hill by Colin Mulhern Review

Buttercup Sunshine #2

Hangman's Hill

The Buttercup Sunshine and Briar’s Cove books are a new comedy horror series for kids, aged 7 to 9 years old and above, from author Colin Mulhern, published by Maverick Children’s Books.

Buttercup Sunshine and the Zombies of Dooooom (book #1 in the series) saw a meteor crash into a cemetery in Briar’s Cove, creating the dead to become alive in the form of zombies. Buttercup, with the help of her Granny, had managed to fight them off but at the expense of Granny becoming a zombie herself. Buttercup is now on a mission to find a cure for granny and to defeat the zombies. But things are about to get a whole lot weirder.

In book #2, Buttercup Sunshine and the House on Hangman’s Hill, Buttercup is on her quest to find a cure when she is diverted to Hangman’s Hill to deliver a package to a house where no house existed before. This brings an encounter with the strange and mad Dr Vincent Frankenstein and his monster. She thinks that as he is a doctor and scientist that he will be able to help to help her. But while she wants a cure for zombies, Frankenstein wants to destroy the world. While things are definitely taking a weird turn, Buttercup is determined to save her Granny and beat the zombies, providing she doesn’t become the subject of a strange experiment first …

Overall, the second book in this comedy horror series for children has continued in the same fun and scary vein as the first. It sees the delightful Buttercup encounter a weird new adventure in a cleverly and thrilling way and a great use of language that will not overwhelm its young readers.

The pages are littered with black and white drawings, adding a bit more illustrated humour to the story with its short chapters, making it easier to read for those slightly reluctant readers.

With brains in jars, mad scientists, zombies and cute bunny rabbits roaming around places like the Misty Marshes of Misery, My Gawd We’re All Going To Die Swamp and Hangman’s Hill, what more of a fun filled thrilling adventure could a reader of junior fiction need?

Buttercup Sunshine and the House on Hangman’s Hill is fantastic fun, mixing children’s comedy horror with the classic Frankenstein story, creating a fun, witty and engaging story with just the right amount of frights for its target audience.

A MONSTER of a book that leave you not wanting to drink any carrot juice … or will it?

Rating: 5/5

RRP: £6.99 (paperback)

Buttercup Sunshine and the House on Haunted Hill by Colin Mulhern is released on 28 August 2019. For more information visit www.maverickbooks.co.uk. Available to buy from Amazon here.

DISCLOSURE: I was provided with a free copy of this book for the purpose of writing an honest and impartial review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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