April 15, 2013

Book Review: Teacher's Pest

Ok. Let the record show this: I have a collection going of the Tales from Lovecraft Middle School books. There are three now, and I own them all...in hardback...with lenticular covers showing innocent(ish) people morphing into scary monsters. They sit on a shelf in my book room (sounds more glam than it is), waiting. Always waiting.

Because my child? The almost-five-year-old who's just beginning to read? 

Yeah. She wants them. She wants them SO BAD. So I am saving them for her, to read as soon as she tells me she's ready. I know she, the child who recently told me the way to protect herself from zombies is to hide her brains, will absolutely adore them.

The latest installation, Teacher's Pest, doesn't actually hit bookstores until May 7, but let me tell you - it is, by FAR, the grossest of the three. Because in Teacher's Pest, there are BUGS taking over Lovecraft Middle School. Led by Student Council President Howerd Mergler, or rather a bug-monster wearing his skin like a Halloween costume, there's a revolution afoot, all in the name of serving the needs of our resident bad guy, Crawford Tillinghast. 

Teacher's Pest: Tales From
Lovecraft Middle School #3
Charles Gilman
Quirk Books
May 7, 2013
170 Pages

A bug revolution? Ew. Gross. There are lice, fleas, roaches, wasps, and all kinds of other creepy crawlies taking over the hallways and crawling through the classrooms. 

Of course, our beloved hero Robert Arthur knows where they're from, and he knows what they want. But two things happen to muck Robert's life up even further.

1. Pip and Squeak, the world's cutest two-headed rat, disappear! 

And then...

2. Robert's best friend, Glenn Torkells, has maybe been possessed thanks to an evil wasp boil-sting-thing.

(Yes. An evil wasp boil-sting-thing. I wasn't kidding when I said this book was gross.)

This is just a nightmare for any middle school boy, no doubt about it, and kids will enjoy reading about it.

As with all the Lovecraft books, author Charles Gilman gives us fun, adventure, and big, frightening monsters. His prose is basic enough for young readers, but has more than enough nuance to keep a grown-up (ugh, am I really a grown-up??) like me happily engaged.

In short, it's another awesome win by Gilman, and I'll be on the lookout for Book 4 as soon as it's ready. 

Yay for kids' books about monsters!

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