Review: Professor Gargoyle by Charles Gilman

Lizzie     Jan 21st, 2013     Fantasy, Middle Grade, Reviews     0 Replies

Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books
Source: Received from publisher
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1594745919
ISBN-13: 978-1594745911

In Professor Gargoyle, we’re introduced to 11-year-old Robert Arthur and the strange world of Lovecraft Middle School. It’s a brand-new state-of-the-art facility—so why do so many creepy things keep happening? Why is the science teacher acting so strangely? And where are all the rats coming from?

As Robert explores with his new friends Glenn and Carina, he discovers that the school may be a portal to another world.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a Middle Grade novel. I have mainly focused my reading on YA for the last few years so I’d forgotten how refreshing an MG novel can be.

I had a little trouble getting in Professor Gargoyle at first, mainly because there wasn’t really any character development. Getting past that and unraveling the story with Robert, I found myself done with the book quickly—I read it in less than a day while on a road trip from Texas to Ohio.

The main objective of the book was to get to the main plot in as few pages as possible (which I did like) so that’s why there is little character development. It doesn’t waste time with tons of back stories or narrative which could bore a younger reader. The actual plot fascinated me and kept me reading. The monster are awesome ;D

This is sort of like an American Horror Story for the younger crowd. It can be creepy and I adored that there was an homage to Poltergeist in its pages! I look forward to starting The Slither Sisters, the sequel to this book, which just came out in bookstores in the US. If you have a younger brother or sister, or a child who enjoys fantasy books, I definitely recommend this book for them.