Professor Gargoyle (Hardback)
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Short Description for Professor Gargoyle Our hero is 11-year-old Robert Arthur, and he's among the first students entering the brand Lovecraft Middle School (LMS). The town is a buzz over the extraordinary facility. Solar panels! Radiant floor heating! Wireless internet! Digital smart-boards in every classroom! LMS is truly the school of the future.
- Published: 25 September 2012
- Format: Hardback 160 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781594745911 ISBN 10: 1594745919
- Sales rank: 186,997
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Review from Esther's Ever After
Professor Gargoyle is an incomparable middle grade read - and fortunately the beginning of what is sure to be an invaluable and exemplary series. Personally, I think it's a great idea to introduce younger readers to all sorts of books - and a middle grade take on Lovecraftian horror serves up plenty of fun with some shocking and creepy twist.
Reasons to Read:
1. Fun horror - but not conventional horror:
I appreciate Lovecraft-inspired stories because it's exactly the kind of horror I really enjoy. This isn't what most of us are used to, and for anyone concerned about nightmares or gore, you don't need to be when it comes to Professor Gargoyle. It's shocking at times and a bit twisted and it's just enough to give you some creepy tingling in your spine but nothing that's over the top or gratuitous. Honestly, some of the creepier parts of the story are positively BRILLIANT.
2. Appropriate illustrations for the story:
A good illustration is not only pleasing to the eye but it actually enhances the reading experience as well. Eugene Smith is remarkable with illustrations that combine the needs of both a middle grade book and one that has some scarier aspects to the plot. The lenticular cover is also a great way to really get a feel for the book and I think it adds to the overall experience.
3. One of the most creative and thrilling middle grade books I've read:
The story is fast-paced, and totally bursting with creativity. I enjoyed the few nods to typical Lovecraftian adventures and creatures. But placing these in a younger setting is going to hold a lot of appeal with younger readers looking for something more uncommon, and for older readers both those who are familiar with horror a la Lovecraft and those who are completely new to it and would just like a taste. I adored the haunted school as a setting, and Karina is one character that I found particularly intriguing.
I wish there had been a bit more depth to the story overall though. I think a bit more could have been added to the plot to give it more meaning and significance, although this may be addressed later on in later books from the series as overarching themes and ideas are addressed.
It really is something that is great for readers looking for something besides the standard paranormal or contemporary books out there.
Review copy received from Quirk Books/Random House Canada for review; no other compensation was received. by Brenna Staatsunder review