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Professor Gargoyle (Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #1)

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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 labyri
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Hardcover, 168 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Quirk Books
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Mohammed Arabey
May 29, 2014 rated it liked it
***Arabic/English Review***

Welcome Welcome to Lovecraft Middle School...Where 'obviously' Nothing is EVER as it simply seems.

قراءة خفيفة, لعوالم كئيبة بطريقة بسيطة ,ذكرتني كثيرا باجمل قراءات الصيف في اثناء اواخر المرحلة الاعدادية -كبطل القصة-,ذلك النوع من الرعب الذي يقدمة آر أل ستاين,والذي ترجمته نهضه مصر في النصف الثاني من التسعينات "صرخة الرعب"

طبعا كأي من يقرأ عنوان الغلاف سيظن أنها من روايات او قصص "لافكرافت" ولكنها ليست كذلك,بل هي لمؤلف شاب ولكنه متأثرا بالفعل لعوالمه "خاصا واني قد قرأت نفس
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Montzalee Wittmann
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Professor Gargoyle (Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #1) by Charles Gilman is a very odd and wonderful tale for middle grade kids. This school is not like any other and a science teacher like the kids have never known. Strange things are happening and kids are missing. There is a girl Robert meets and takes him to the attic, but come to find out there is no attic and the the girl doesn't exist! It is a fun and fantastic read with lots of mystery, fantasy, and excitement. Oh, and a 2 headed ra ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
So Robert Arthurt is caught up in redistricting and sent to Lovecraft Middle School. None of his friends are transferred there with him....well other than the bully who's been the bane of Robert's life all through school, of course. Robert isn't happy about being sent to a Middle School other than the one where all his friends are going... But that could be the least of the problems involved in attending Lovecraft Middle School.

Oh yeah.

When kids start to vanish and two headed rats try to commun
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juan carlos
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarante, divertida, atrapante, misteriosa, creativa y un gran homenaje a los antiguos dioses lovecraftianos.

¿Para qué leer el profesor gárgola?

1. Por los personajes tan misteriosos y bien formados.
2. Los escenarios, son lúgubres y cósmicos como nos tiene acostumbrados los monstruos y mithos lovecraftianos.
3. Los capítulos son cortos con finales atrapantes que te hacen seguir leyendo.
4. Hay momentos donde veremos tentáculos, monstruos gigantescos, fantasmas y demonios en el mundo de los human
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Coos Burton
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: demonios
Descubrí este libro junto con un gran amigo en una librería y sin pensarlo demasiado lo llevamos. Que el lugar donde transcurriera la trama fuera un instituto denominado "Lovecraft" y que hubiera un holograma de un hombre gárgola diabólico en la portada ya fue un gran indicio. Aun así, temía que el libro no estuviera a la altura en la que lo había posicionado, las alusiones a autores grandes suelen generar demasiada expectativa, uno espera a que realmente estén al mismo nivel. Lo cierto es que e ...more
Katy
Aug 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Katy by: Amazon Vine
Book Info: Genre: Fantasy
Reading Level: Middle Grade (10 on up)
Recommended for: Readers of all ages who enjoy a MG fantasy adventure story, especially with Lovecraftian overtones

Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for an honest review.

From the Back of the Book: 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 th
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Traci
Sep 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Cute book! Had an ARC in the staff lounge at our Main branch, and as I had to work there today and had forgotten to bring any of the FOUR books I had started at home, I picked this up.

Robert Arthur is a victim of redistricting; all his friends will go to Franklin Middle School on the north side of town. Robert must attend Lovecraft Middle School on the south side of town. He knows no one there, no one at all - except Glenn Torkells, the bully who has tormented him since he started his academic c
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Martin Rondina
Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un libro muy entretenido y misterioso! Lo adquirí junto a una grandiosa persona, lo compramos porque nos llamaba la atención su portada con un holograma del profesor Goyle y su bajo precio. Además que la historia se desarrolla en un instituto llamado Lovecraft, ya era motivo de mi atención. La realidad es que es un libro muy ameno y de fácil lectura, no es infantil, es para un público joven que quiera leer una historia de criaturas lovecraftianas dentro de una universidad, donde encontraremos ci ...more
Mary Caserta
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro fue un regalo que le hice a mi sobrina de 10 años (junto con el segundo tomo de la serie) y tenía muchas ganas de leerlo desde el primer momento en que lo vi.

Para ser un libro infantil, me ha parecido muy entretenido. Tiene una trama que engancha rápidamente y que te deja queriendo saber más sobre los misterios que esconde el Instituto Lovecraft.
Veremos cómo se desarrolla la historia en los siguientes libros, pero por ahora, Gilman no me ha decepcionado.
Jennifer
In the interests of full disclosure I should admit I only picked this up to see how Lovecraftian Lovecraft Middle School really was. Sadly for me, but luckily for the parents of any children who might read it and be responsible for psychiatric bills, the answer is: Not Very. Instead we have a nicely illustrated and lightly charming supernatural story that could have drawn its inspiration from almost any source, a la Goosebumps. While unlikely to scar children for life, this first installment of ...more
Bishop Harber
Jun 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
I've been struggling all year to find a book my reading-challenged child could tackle without causing any kind of serious crisis. While I know he can read more mature books, I've tried throwing all kinds of things at him—books, I mean, not heavy furniture or small animals! So far I have ben rebuffed on everything from Percy Jackson to Parable of the Sower.

Then I picked up Professor Gargoyle, the first book in the Tales from Lovecraft Middle School series and finished it up in an afternoon. Seri
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Sub_zero
Oct 01, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reto-2013
3.5/5

Aunque en realidad no sea muy conocida, Pesadillas en el colegio Lovecraft es una serie de libros tras la que andaba desde hace bastante tiempo por culpa de ciertos canales ingleses, así que no sabéis la alegría que me dio cuando descubrí que Bruño iba a traerla a nuestro país. El profesor Gárgola constituye la primera entrega de esta serie de libros que tanto me recuerdan a las novelas de R.L. Stine. El protagonista de esta breve novela es Robert, un chico muy curioso e inteligente que es
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Flor Méndez
Medio pelo, pero divertido. Bah, yo siempre comparo los libros del género con mis favoritos del horror infantil-middle grade que fueron escritos por R.L. Stine, así que no es justo. Pero tengo ganas de leer el segundo.
Dan
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: monsters, children-s
I was pleasantly surprised by this little book. I suppose it’s a bit Harry Potter-esque but for younger readers. Robert starts at Lovecraft Middle School, a brand new state of the art facility but much to his dismay the bully from his old school is there too. As if Robert’s life wasn’t hard enough already he has to deal with all sorts of strange occurrences from a hidden attic in the library to a two-headed rat and a teacher who is especially horrible.

There are two elements to this book really.
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Fede Valotta
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Siempre tuve ganas de leer este libro desde que vi que la portada se leía. Creo que es una lectura bastante fresca y fluída, con un desenlace que no me terminó de gustar demasiado pero que igual me da ganas de seguir con la serie.
Bill Tillman
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Okay I got the library edition of this book and was blown away by the fantastic cover that switches between human and demon. The tale is short and sweet really mid-grade, fast paced and fun. BUT there are no gargoyles in this book, the professor my look like but is not!
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Full review to come! :)
Adrián Biháry
*3,5*
Keby som bol mladší, totálne by som na tom fičal, no aj tak to bolo skvelé!
Tera (adventuresbetweenpages) Baird
So fun! Reminds me of late elementary school age. These kinds of books are such a guilty pleasure. I can't wait for my kids to read them. On to the next!
Chibineko
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
The idea of writing any Lovecraft themes into fiction for younger kids kind of intrigues me because it's such an interesting challenge. Thanks to the standards set years ago by Stine's Goosebumps series, publishers are fairly aware that younger children are not only willing to read books where the endings might be ambiguous and the horror is more than just someone in a rubber mask ala Scooby Doo. No worries parents, the horror in here is still fairly squeaky clean and there's no blood or gore he ...more
Ana Mardoll
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ana-reviewed
Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #1: Professor Gargoyle / 1594745919

"Tales from Lovecraft Middle School" is a new YA series I've stumbled into; the books are set in a world much like our own, with the minor difference that no one has ever heard of H.P. Lovecraft, and Cthulhu and Shoggoths and whatnot all exist and are rapidly crawling out of the woodwork at the local brand-new middle school. And our everyman YA protagonist Robert Arthur is stuck in the middle between the adults-who-don't-know
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Louise
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: MG.Parents who want to introduce their child to light fantasy and an eerie setting.
I have to talk about the design of this book. Firstly the front cover is a hologram which drew me in, the cover tells you what kind of story lies in the pages ahead and I loved that. The typography and extras used throughout the cover are awesome. Inside is equally stunning from the paper quality to the luxurious end papers to the fascinating emblem, that makes you want to dive in and find out what it all means. I have the second book, The Slither Sisters and it's presented the same way. These b ...more
Nikki-ann
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I cannot fail to mention how nicely packaged this book is. This small hardback book’s cover features a lenticular portrait of Professor Gargoyle, enabling the reader to see the teacher morph into a monster before their very eyes! I believe each book in the series will feature a different character. I don’t think I’ve seen this idea used for book covers before, but it’s a creative idea and I suspect it will attract the younger readers. In fact, I’ve spent a fair amount of time moving the cover ba ...more
Bunny


My Thoughts:
This is book ONE in the LOVECRAFT MIDDLESCHOOL series.

In this book we are introduced to the series, which revolves around the newly built “Lovecraft Middle School”. We also meet our main character Robert Arthur. The story follows Robert on his journey as he goes to a new school. Along the way, he makes some very unlikely friends and they all work together to solve the mystery of the scary things going on in the school.

I enjoyed getting to know Robert and his new friends. As a child,
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Darrell
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well I really liked this book. It was short and sweet. For a children's book it is very good. Some of the pictures in the series do not match what the book describes. Like the school has 4 stories and the picture only shows 3. If you can can get past that then it is good. I am going to read the next one in the series and see if I can read all of them today.
Delta
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
The cover and title of this book intrigued me, which is really the only reason I picked it up. Generally, I don't enjoy MG books because I find the dialogue either overly simplified or cheesy. And, yes, this book was a bit simplified and cheesy, but I liked Robert and the school enough to overlook that. The plot was so-so; probably a result of the length of the book more than the target audience.
Ms. Yingling
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
Robert isn't thrilled that he is redistricted to the brand new Lovecraft Middle School, especially when his arch nemesis Glenn also ends up there. While the building is state-of-the-art, there are some weird things in it, like giant rats infesting the lockers and a spooky, cobweb filled attic near the library where Robert finds a two headed rat that he calls Pip and Squeak. When Professor Goyle, his science teacher, finds out that Robert has the rat, Robert starts to wonder what is going on in t ...more
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
This book took me back to reading stories like The Witches by Roald Dahl. It was a little twisted, dark and amazingly fun and imaginative.

Robert is in an area of town that has been re-districted, and now he has to attend the new school, Lovecraft Middle School. He's pretty shy and once he gets to school we can see that he is bullied. That's right, how lucky is he to have his bully reassigned to the new school as well.

His teachers and the whole feeling of his new school feel off, and he's never
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Ashley
BOOKCITEMENT LEVEL 4/5



This little book was a whole lot of fun. It made me chuckle and it had some creepy bits. I do love a dark middle grade. Creepy can be so fun. I liked how the professor's name was Garfield Goyle... get it? Gargoyle. Clever. It was just a lot of fun to read. Lovecraft Middle School is a strange, strange place. But it does sound like it has a fantastic library! I can't wait to continue on with the series and see what happens next. What other sinister creatures we have to encou
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R.
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
Non-canonical (?) intro to the Cthulhu Mythos* and its environs (Dunwich) - perfect fluffy yog-sothothery for yr inner latchkey kid.

But, warning, the lenticular professor-into-demon morph cover is Grade-A nightmare fuel.

Wasn't too keen on the message that if you're bullied you should just put up with that shit because, one day, your locker will become an interdimensional portal of outer madness that, on threat of tentacular horrordeath, convinces the bully to see and repent of the error of his
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“If there's one thing Robert had learned in three weeks at Lovecraft Middle School, it's that nothing was impossible.” 4 likes
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