What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Professor Gargoyle is a fast-paced, funny horror adventure that serves up action, suspense, and comedy. There are in-jokes for readers familiar with the writing of H.P. Lovecraft, and no objectionable language or bloody violence, but there are attacks by rats, tentacles, giant spiders, and a fight with a demon, and a science teacher who consumes a live hamster whole. The mayhem is cartoonish and intended to be comic.
What's the story?
When 12-year-old Robert Arthur starts at state-of-the-art Lovecraft Middle School, he's worried about fitting in and avoiding Glen Torkells, his old nemesis from elementary school. Soon, though, he has other things on his mind, including a missing student, a strange science teacher, and a two-headed rat. If Robert and Glen want to save themselves, the school, and perhaps the entire universe, they have to learn to work together.
Is it any good?
PROFESSOR GARGOYLE: TALES FROM LOVECRAFT MIDDLE SCHOOL #1 is an action-packed, easy-to-read kick-off for a humorous horror series. Author Charles Gilman keeps a light touch on the spookier aspects of the story, and illustrator Eugene Smith delivers drawings that are funny, if sometimes a little frightening. The "new kid at school" set-up is a little cliched, but the author delivers some interesting wrinkles on old themes.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about why the first day at a new school is sometimes so scary. Do relationships between students change in the transition from elementary to middle school?
Is it possible to become friends with a school bully?
Why do students hide situations that are bothering them? Kids: What's the best way to communicate with parents about bullies and other scary things at school?
|Topics:||Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Bugs, Friendship, Misfits and underdogs, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires|
|Publication date:||September 25, 2012|
|Number of pages:||160|
|Publisher's recommended age(s):||9 - 12|
|Available on:||Hardback, iBooks, Kindle, Nook|