ARC Review: Substitute Creature (Tales From Lovecraft Middle School #4)


Substitute Creature (Tales From Lovecraft Middle School #4) by Charles Gilman

Age Range: 9 – 12 years
Grade Level: 4 – 7
Series: Tales from Lovecraft Middle School (Book 4)
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books (September 24, 2013)

Genre: Fantasy/Horror

Source: Won

My Rating: 3 of 5 stars

About the Book:

When a giant nor’easter dumps a blanket of snow on the village of
Dunwich, Massachussetts, Robert Arthur and his friends find themselves
marooned inside Lovecraft Middle School. The kids have no choice but to
spend the night—while snacking on cafeteria food, sleeping on classroom
floors, and facing off against a mysterious substitute teacher who may
have a sinister secret. The latest adventure in the Lovecraft Middle
School series features more adventures, more outrageous monsters, and
another terrifying lenticular cover!

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About the Author:

Charles Gilman has written all of the Tales from Lovecraft Middle School. He lives in Philadelphia.

Eugene Smith has illustrated all of the Tales from Lovecraft Middle School. He lives in Chicago. 

My Thoughts:

This is the fourth book in the Lovecraft Middle School series. I have
not read the first three, but I was still able to read this book without
any confusion. If you are thinking about getting this book for a kid,
though, you should start at the beginning with Professor Gargoyle.

This book wasn’t nearly as creepy as I had expected it to be, but it is
intended for kids, so I can’t really complain about that. I think that
the book could have been better developed overall, but it was still
entertaining and fun for Halloween.  This book would be good for kids
that like spooky stuff without it getting overly creepy or weird.

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  • Reply
    Adriana Garcia
    January 3, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    So would you say it was like an R.L. Stine read? Those are spooky but not overly scary at least to me…

    • Reply
      January 4, 2014 at 1:54 am

      I can't really say, actually. I've only read one R.L. Stine book, and that was when I was a little kid and it scared the pants off of me, so I never read another one. I didn't find this scary in the least, but I'm no longer a little kid, so it's hard to really know how a kid would react. My own kids were too freaked out by the cover to give it a try.

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