Series Review: Tales From Lovecraft Middle School

Last time on the Books in Bloom Blog, I wrote about some great new nonfiction titles for boys.  There, I highlighted a few things to think about when selecting titles that boys will read.  Two of those things are appearance and content…the fiction series I highlight today, Tales from Lovecraft Middle School knocks these two things out of the park!

The first thing you notice when picking up a book in this series is the cover art.  The picture I have included here doesn’t do it justice, as the print copy has a lenticular cover that is very cool.  You may have seen examples of lenticular printing on bookmarks or other products, but it basically creates an image that appears three-dimensional, and changes depending on the viewing angle.  The first book in the series, Professor Gargoyle, shows a distinguished-looking gentleman who changes into a smiling, horned demon when you change your viewing angle.  Gimmicky, yes, but getting reluctant readers to pick up a book is often the hardest part, and this cover is irresistible.

The content of the book is also irresistible to many readers in this age group, especially boys.  In the vein of the Goosebumps series and the Spiderwick Chronicles, there is plenty of not-too-scary horror at Lovecraft Middle School, including supernatural creatures and magical happenings that have to be dealt with.

Robert Arthur is a new student at the brand new Lovecraft Middle School.  The new school year starts off difficult for him when he runs into Glenn Torkells, a bully that has tormented Robert for years, charging him an arbitrary “dweeb tax” whenever they cross paths.  Additionally, strange things begin happening at the school, such as rats appearing in locked lockers and mysterious rooms revealing themselves to Robert in the library.  But the most disturbing thing is Robert’s science teacher, Professor Gar Goyle.  Robert, with the help of some unlikely friends (both human and otherwise) begins to unravel the mysteries of the school and finds out what the professor is up to.

There are three other books in the series, all with the nifty lenticular covers.  They continue the creepy adventures at Lovecraft Middle School, pitting Robert Arthur and his friends against sinister creatures, all of which are hiding amongst the faculty and students at the school.  Let the covers draw you in, and stay for a fun and frightening tale!

Professor Gargoyle by Charles Gilman. 9781594745911. 2012. Gr. 4-7.

Slither Sisters by Charles Gilman. 9781594745935. 2013. Gr. 4-7.

Substitute Creature by Charles Gilman. 9781594746406. 2013. Gr. 4-7.

Teacher’s Pest by Charles Gilman. 9781594746147. 2013. Gr. 4-7.

Ryan