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This fourth novel in the Lovecraft Middle School series begins right where Teacher's Pest ended—with more ...
This fourth novel in the Lovecraft Middle School series begins right where Teacher's Pest ended—with more action, more adventure, and more outrageous monsters!
Posted November 14, 2014
Posted February 21, 2014
This is the fourth book in the Lovecraft Middle School series. I have not read the first three, but I was still able to read this book without any confusion. If you are thinking about getting this book for a kid, though, you should start at the beginning with Professor Gargoyle.
This book wasn't nearly as creepy as I had expected it to be, but it is intended for kids, so I can't really complain about that. I think that the book could have been better developed overall, but it was still entertaining and fun for Halloween. This book would be good for kids that like spooky stuff without it getting overly creepy or weird.
Posted November 1, 2013
Creepy Fun! I give it 4.5 Stars!
What I liked: The book opened with a great hook – the MCs, Robert and Glenn, in a perilous situation. I wasn’t sure how it would be reading the fourth book in a series (not having read any of the others), but I did not feel lost. The author gives you bits throughout, so you learn about the alternate dimension of Tillinghast Manor, where the creatures come from, and that the MCs are fighting against the evil from it.
It was an easy and fun read. Great for elementary and middle school kids. I wondered if it would be scary, but it’s wasn't. It gives just enough "bizarre" to be really interesting, but nothing gory that would cause children to have nightmares.
Loved the front cover (the teacher-turning-to-creature hologram effect). That in itself is a GREAT hook for kids who want a scare!
Loved, loved, LOVED the artwork throughout (illustrated by Eugene Smith).
What I didn’t like: I’d like to know the characters a little better. They are somewhat flat. What do they like? What do they feel and hope and dream? Maybe readers get to know them better in the previous books and therefore it isn’t necessary in Book Four, but since I haven’t read the other books, I don’t know.
Overall: Kids will like this book...and they will want to read the others. It's just the right amount of creepy fun to bring you back for more!
Posted September 30, 2013
Robert, Glen, and Karina are back to fight the forces of the evil Crawford Tillinghast. As an unexpected and bizarre nor'easter dumps feet of snow on the school rapidly, a state of emergency is declared. An evacuation of Lovecraft Middle is called for, yet not all of the students get out.
Aside from some issues with paragraph and page spacing causing occasional distractions, the remaining format with the pictures and sketches interspersed cause wonder and add to the intrigue of some of the various characters.
The narrative is vivid and imaginative throughout the tale. There is much action which flows easily and quickly.
Dialogue between characters is authentic and adds to character development.
Overall, a delightful read!