The humor is as wicked as the evil twin. Read Common Sense Media’s Angela and Diabola review, age rating, and parents guide. Banks (The Mystery of the Cupboard, , etc.) introduces readers to twin girls —one purely good, one purely evil—who make a hash of their. Angela and Diabola Banks Submitter: The juvenile fiction collection at my library hasn’t been weeded in ages, but I do wonder about the.

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Diabola’s angsla is horrific, funny in a very dark way, and not intended to be taken seriously. Parents need to know that this is the blackest of black humor, and not for any child who will take it literally. For instance, 1-year-old Diabola strangles a cat and tosses it out the window, hitting her father on the head and knocking him into a flowerbed.

If your kid will feel daibola for the cat, this probably isn’t the right book. Add your rating See all 3 parent reviews. Add your rating See all 2 kid reviews. The Cuthbertson-Joneses are surprised when the Mrs. But they are soon horrified when they discover that while one is perfectly good, the other is perfectly evil. Inadvertently named Angela and Diabola at the christening by the shocked minister, their natures are apparent from the moment of birth, when Angela angel and smiles beatifically, and Diabola nearly bites the nurse’s thumb off.

But far worse is yet to come, for as the girls grow up, Diabola’s destructive evil breaks up their family and destroys their home — and that’s all before she starts school, where she begins to discover that she has some unusual — and frightening — talents. Wicked is the operative word here, more wicked than anything Roald Dahl ever came up with.

The humor is as wicked as Diabola, and though children often delight in bad children in literature, Diabola is bad on a level they won’t admire or envy. Though this is presented as a middle grade novel, not all middle-graders are ready for it.


It requires the ability to appreciate very dark humor Mrs. Cuthbertson-Jones diavola sent to jail after toddler Diabola wrecks a store, the father runs away, the vicar attempts an exorcismand to understand allegory. But for bright fourth-and fifth-graders and older readers, there’s a lot to chew on for this is not just Diabola’s story.

Angela has the power of goodness but also the curse of perfection, and the relationship between the sisters is complex and layered. For the right kids, this is both hilarious and thought-provoking. Families can talk about the nature of good and evil. Children who can see the humor and the allegory in the book could discuss the problems with perfection and what it really means for a human, the nature-nurture question, the nature of art, and more.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this book. Diabola commits various violent acts, including strangling a cat.

Adults drink and smoke. What parents need to know Parents need to know that this is the blackest of black humor, and not for any child who will take it literally.

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Adult Written by inthesomeday April 9, I read this book a long time ago. I’m guessing I was in 3rd grade.

I even remember picking it out. I had seen it a couple times before and then I finally d Parent of a 9 and 12 year old Written by Sophie September 10, Laugh out loud Cleverly written with engaging language and hilarious imagery. Surprises, shocks and thoroughly entertains. For children with a quirky sense of humour.

Teen, 14 years old Written riabola iluvdonuts April 9, Kid, 10 years old September 12, Is it any good? Talk to your kids about Lynne Reid Banks Genre: Avon Books HarperCollins Publication date: June angelx, Number of pages: About these links Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you aangela our links to make a purchase. Personalize Common Sense for your family.

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