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July 09, 2013

Review: Professor Gargoyle by Charles Gilman

Title: Professor Gargoyle (Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #1)
Author: Charles Gilman
Publisher: Quirk Books

Publication date: September 25th, 2012
Genre(s): Middle Grade (Horror/Fantasy)
Source: Publisher
Format: Finished copy
Pages: 168
Every volume in the Lovecraft Middle School series is fully illustrated and features an original lenticular portrait on the cover. Display them on bookshelves—and then watch the cover characters morph into monsters as you pass by!

Strange things are happening at Lovecraft Middle School. Rats are leaping from lockers. Students are disappearing. The school library is a labyrinth of secret corridors. And the science teacher is acting very, very peculiar. Robert Arthurt knew that seventh grade was going to be weird, but this is ridiculous!

With the help of some unlikely new friends, Robert discovers there's more to Lovecraft Middle School than meets the eye. Can he uncover the secrets of the school before it's too late?
Creepy, funny, and a great time. That's exactly what reading Professor Gargoyle gave me. Robert moves into a new middle school, and it happens to be a weird school for sure. Strange things keep on happening, and Robert keeps on experiencing weird stuff everyday. Robert was a very interesting character. True, he wasn't a strong character, he never stood up against his childhood bully, but he was a smart character indeed. Professor Gargoyle, the science teacher, is one weird man. Professor Gargoyle never answers the students, and even tells them that their questions are stupid. When one day Robert finds a two headed rat he decides to keep as a pet, something happens with Professor Gargoyle.
As the story goes on, Robert learns the true identity of Professor Gargoyle with the help of some new (shocking) friends. The journey of destroying Professor Gargoyle goes on, but does not end that easily. Before picking this one up, a lot of people have told me that it was very "scary". I was pretty disappointed because for me, it was not scary one bit. I was hoping for more creepiness, but since this is a middle grade book, I understand why they had to limit their creepiness at a certain extent. I really loved that there were some full page illustrations between the pages. It's always fun to see art in books. 
Overall, this was a great book, maybe not for young adult readers, but I'm sure younger kids would love this very much. I really liked the ending, and I can't wait to find out what happens next in Robert's journey with his friends. 


  1. Oh I love illustrations in books too, though I rarely see them, as I tend to read older most of the time. This sounds pretty good though! I like the sound of this Professor Gargoyle and would love to find out more about him. Great review, Farah!

  2. Fantastic review Farah! I love illustrations too. and its good that the creepiness factor matched the target age range though I always love creepiness too (Excluding zombies). Sounds like a fun story!

  3. I don't read middle grade books that much but this sounds like a pretty fun read. And a little creepiness is a pretty good ingredient too. Thanks for the great review, Farah! :)

  4. I've seen this book on jessethereader on YouTube. He seemed to really like it too. I don't think I'd like it though since I'm not really into MG. Wonderful review though! And also, thank you for stopping by my blog earlier and for leaving your awesome comment. I really appreciate. I'm now following via Bloglovin' and YouTube. I also added your button to my blog roll.
    Laura @ Music Plus Books

  5. hahahahhahaha i LOVE the cover! This sounds like so much fun:) I'll probably skip this though, since I'm currently only into older YA books but I'm still glad you enjoyed it!<3 Lovely review, Farah<3

  6. I've never seen this book before. But I think your right about it being for younger readers, at least in the scary aspect. Great review!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading