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Professor Gargoyle

(Tales from Lovecraft Middle School #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  1,361 ratings  ·  329 reviews
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
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by Quirk Books
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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
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
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
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
Yousra Serry
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
14/7/19 decided to reread this to get out of a reading slump.. I think it worked!
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.
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! :)
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!
Kathy - Books & Munches
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
TRIGGERS: (view spoiler)

This might be weird, but I'm glad these two small Middle Grade books didn't freak me out like I kind of expected them to. After reading Schwab's City of Ghosts, I am very much aware how middle grade can still freak me out. I guess the writing was simply less.. descriptive, maybe? I didn't mind at all! It read like a train and didn't scare me so I'm taking that as a win.

I do like how, in the two books, our main character Robert makes some u
Shalor T.
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
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
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

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,
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
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.
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 nev

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
Natu Garay
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Un libro lleno de misterios, criaturas escalofriantes y mundos paralelos.
¿Podrá Robert y sus amigos descubrir la verdad que se oculta detrás de la fachada del Instituto Lovecraft?
Una portada genial, que llama mucho la atención. Un libro complementado con ilustraciones que nos adentra mucho más en la historia.
Una lectura mas que nada recomendada a niños a partir de 10 años.
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A book full of misteries, creepy criatures and
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
Jun 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Yippeee! Got a copy of this at Book Expo 2012 and am as excited about reading it as I was mesmerized by its cover, which actually (although not on the advance readers' paperback copies, of course) displays a changing image depending on how you move the book--at first glance, it's a mild-mannered, even befuddled/tired looking older, bearded man. Tilt the book a bit and the image becomes what you see here, the grinning, horned, rather demonic man. Lenticular printing: look it up, it's cool. Quirk ...more
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I got this from the GoodReads giveaway, and it's such a fun story! Robert is beginning his first year at middle school and is already nervous, because he recognizes the bully who tormented him for years. And then strange things happen around school, like disappearances and the science teacher might not be altogether human. What's going on at Lovecraft Middle School? Are there really ghosts and demons? Robert is about to find out. Who knew middle school would be THIS weird?
Oct 05, 2014 is currently reading it
This kid name Robbert Arthur was surrounded by strangers.Every school night he stands by the entrance to love craft middle school watching the students pass by searching for familiar faces.All of his old friends were attending Franklin middle school in the north part of town,but somehow Robbert got stuck attending Love craft middle school in the south part of town.
Janet Joy
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved this new middle grade fiction series. The cover is fantastically creepy. The adventure is fast-paced. The story compelling. I can't wait to read volume 2.
It was fun.:)
Wanna continue this series. Poor Robert..I think he'll have lots of stuff coming soon.
Those creepy twins...

P.S. Sad, that other 2 books aren't out here yet..but I'll wait.
Drew Tuá
Oct 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, started-series
Wow, this was as good as I thought it will be!
Such a fun and fast-page book, loved it! It's crearly for midd-grade people, but it still a pretty cool story :)
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
I really enjoyed this book read it in one sitting .
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